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"Nobody wrote about boxing with more grace and enthusiasm than Joe Liebling." (New York Times)
"In The Sweet Science, as in all his books, Liebling himself, the voice and the character, is immensely appealing." (New Yorker)
Liebling writes amazing well, but I thought I would get more on the fighters, and less on the fights. The fight analysis is interesting, but I would take Kindred's book on Cosell and Ali over Liebling's sweet science. How much of that is because I experienced both Cosell and Ali growing up, while Liebling is covering fight history, I do not know.
The fighter did "not succeed in converting the Philadelphian into a horizontal, but he made him look like two sides of a triangle in search of a third."
No one writes this way anymore! AJ Liebling's analogies were the highlight of a book woven through the art of boxing, deftly narrated with an old tyme voice by Grover Gardner.
I teach history at a community college and thus enjoy historical non-fiction. I also enjoy a good mystery novel from time to time.
I've listened to this book three times. I'm a boxing fan, of course, but Liebling is a gifted wordsmith. The prose he used to write the articles that make up this book is some of the best ever written in the English language. The narrator does an outstanding job too. I would not recommend this to someone who is not a boxing and/or sports fan though as much of it would not interest them. However, it is a must for the casual or devoted fan of the sweet science of bruising!
my ipod and audible make the daily 10 mile walks a "breeze"....
a sports writer here in phoenix stated this was one of the top 10 sport books that he had ever read. based on his recommendation i read the book. the book is well written and gives a great history of the art of boxing and ring fighting. i don't think it is one of the top 10 sport books ever written but it is worth the time to read and get an in depth look at this sport.
As a recent convert to rabid boxing fan, I picked up this title. Liebling keeps the listener interested with his astute commentary on boxers from his era and the social factors that were influencing the sport. I looked for another of his books on audio and was disappointed not to find one. The narrator is excellent (and I consider myself picky about narrators).
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