This exciting account of the 1921 heavyweight boxing title fight between champion Jack Dempsey and Frenchman Georges Carpentier relates how it originated and how it became a template for modern sports promotion.
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Sports spectaculars date to the gladiators, but it took promoter Tex Rickard to make the Big Event part of American culture. The 1921 Dempsey-Carpentier fight generated boxing's first million-dollar gate, taking in more than twice as much as any previous contest. Why did this fight attract so many men—and women—from so many walks of life? How did it presage a new way of doing business?From the Author:
When I visited Jersey City, NJ and learned that a huge wooden stadium had once been built from scratch to stage a heavyweight championship bout, I was hooked. Then the outsize characters -- including Tex Rickard, Doc Kearns, Jack Dempsey -- that tell the story captivated me. Our penchant for building heroes and tearing them down was as pronounced then (1920-21) as it is now; hence, Dempsey the Champ becomes Dempsey the Draft Dodger, and it all plays spectacularly at the gate. Promoter Rickard knew how to capitalize and wrote the playbook for future promotion.
-- Jim Waltzer
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Book Description ABC-CLIO. Hardback. Book Condition: new. BRAND NEW, The Battle of the Century: Dempsey, Carpentier, and the Birth of Modern Promotion, Jim Waltzer, Immortalized as the battle of the century by Ring Lardner, the Dempsey-Carpentier heavyweight title bout marked America's first experience with the intersection of show business, high society, politics, and the underworld at a single sporting event. The Battle of the Century: Dempsey, Carpentier, and the Birth of Modern Promotion offers the definitive history of this landmark event's genesis and impact. To explain why the fight had such a far-reaching influence on mass entertainment and modern culture, newspaperman Jim Waltzer invites readers to travel the path to the 1921 heavyweight championship. Along the way, they will meet a cast of outsize characters, including the savage defending champion (and alleged World War I slacker) Jack Dempsey, French pretty-boy war hero Georges Carpentier, promoter Tex Rickard, Dempsey's slippery manager Doc Kearns, and Jersey City boss Frank Hague. As the tale unfolds, so does an understanding of the forces that shaped the Roaring Twenties and established promotional hype as the MO of business. Bookseller Inventory # B9780313382444
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