Cinderella Man: James J. Braddock, Max Baer, and the Greatest Upset in Fighting History

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Cinderella Man: James J. Braddock, Max Baer, and the Greatest Upset in Fighting History

Format:  Paperback,

324 pages

Publisher: Lightning Source Inc

Publish Date: Apr 2006

ISBN-13: 9780618711901

ISBN-10: 0618711902

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A riveting tale of perseverance in the face of hardship, Cinderella Man is the chronicle of the boxer James J. Braddock, whose exceptional story of achievement against all odds was the subject of a major motion picture. Braddock, dubbed the Cinderella Man, staged the greatest comeback in fighting history, rising in the span of twelve months from the relief rolls to a face-off against the heavyweight champion, Max Baer.
Against the gritty backdrop of Depression-era New York, Schaap paints a vivid picture of the fight world in its golden age, evoking a time when boxing resonated with a country trying desperately to get back on its feet.

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Publisher: Lightning Source Inc
Publish Date: Apr 2006
ISBN-13: 9780618711901
ISBN-10: 0618711902
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 324
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.88 x 0.87 x 7.82
Walmart No.: 0618711902

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Review by Library Journal (2005-05-15)

Long before the fictional Rocky, there was James J. Braddock, who rose from the ashes to become a hero of the downtrodden masses of the Great Depression A frequent loser, Braddock was generally discounted as merely an opponent to others on their way up, but he stayed the course to get his title shot and, despite being a huge underdog, won. Schaap, best known as an ESPN anchor/correspondent, brings to life both Braddock and Max Baer, the man he upset in 1935 for the heavyweight title.

The two were a study in contrasts, with Braddock the stoic plodder and Baer the Ali-like clown prince, but both men had their demons. Braddock had been a promising light-heavyweight until an embarrassing loss in a title fight, a fragile right hand, and the relative absence of a left hand of any consequence relegated him to relief roles and, apparently, boxing oblivion, while Baer carried with him the memory of one man he pounded to death in the ring and another who died in the next fight after being pummeled by Baer. Schaap skillfully steers the men on their collision course toward a meeting that could have been conceived in Hollywood. This is good history and good drama and will be a valuable addition to all public library boxing collections.

[See Prepub Alert, LJ 1/05.] - Jim Burns, Jacksonville P.L., FL

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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A riveting tale of perseverance in the face of hardship, Cinderella Man is the chronicle of the boxer James J. Braddock, whose exceptional story of achievement against all odds was the subject of a major motion picture. Braddock, dubbed the Cinderella Man, staged the greatest comeback in fighting history, rising in the span of twelve months from the relief rolls to a face-off against the heavyweight champion, Max Baer.

Against the gritty backdrop of Depression-era New York, Schaap paints a vivid picture of the fight world in its golden age, evoking a time when boxing resonated with a country trying desperately to get back on its feet.

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