Plimpton at his very best. Witty, engaging and humorous storytelling disguised as "reporting". Plimpton takes us into the ring with him -hilarious chapter on his "bout" with middleweight knockout artist Archie Moore-, and to the ring side and training camps with Ali -from pre-Liston times to the Parkinson days- and his entourage. A full gallery of real and larger than-life characters chats, brags, barks and make readers laugh with sports and politics in a potent mix. Plimpton talks and interviews a broad range of voices -from Angelo Dundee and Dempsey to Malcom X and Eijah Muhammad and a feisty and testy Ernest Hemingway-.
Boxing is just a pretext for first-class narrative and fiction flying far above sports chronicles.
Great reading for writers and reporters, boxing and/or literature buffs.