|Publisher:||Lightning Source Inc|
|Publish Date:||Apr 2006|
|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|
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
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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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