The Hardest Game : McIlvanney on Boxing

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Thirty years of ringside reporting from one of the world's most honored sportswriters

A living legend on both sides of the Atlantic, British sportswriter Hugh McIlvanney is best known for his incisive ringside boxing commentaries. Employing a writing style as muscular as it is graceful, McIlvanney never fails to infect the reader with his enthusiasm and sense of awe for the sport, while at the same time revealing the deeper truths at work in all such extreme expressions of human will and physical prowess. As one critic put it, "The genius of McIlvanney is his ability to magnify and precisely delineate those elements of sport that contain fundamental truths about the human condition."

First published in 1983 to great acclaim, this sport classic is reprinted with the addition of recent dispatches to span 30 years of ringside reporting. The Hardest Game includes McIlvanney's commentaries on such immortal bouts as "The Rumble in the Jungle" (Foreman vs. Ali, Zaire, 1974) and "The Thriller in Manila" (Ali vs. Frazier, Philippines, 1975), and the most memorable fights in the careers of Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, and others.

"Anyone who admires writing as muscular as it is graceful should buy this book." -- The Daily Telegraph

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"The morning's work in the Philippines had drained him as none of his previous 50 fights. . . . No champion in history has ever had access to a greater storeroom of physical and spiritual reserves, but Frazier seemed to have emptied it, to have forced Ali to lift the floorboards and scrape the very foundations of his nature for the last traces of strength . . . On the way back to the dressing-room his face had the greyness of terminal exhaustion and he moved as if the marrow of his bones had been replaced by mercury."
Muhammad Ali v. Joe Frazier; Quezon City, The Philippines, October 1, 1975, from The Hardest Game

This outstanding compilation of articles from foremost sports journalist Hugh McIlvanney provides a ringside seat to some of the most remarkable happenings in world of boxing since the 1960s. At the core of this collection stands the incredible career of Muhammad Ali--the man whom McIlvanney considers the greatest figure in the history of sports.

McIlvanney was also on hand to witness thrilling bouts involving Carlos Ortiz and Carlos Monzon--two of the greatest fighters ever seen--and the extraordinary contests between "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler, Tommy Hearns, and Sugar Ray Leonard. With the author's hallmark combination of immediacy and incisiveness, more recent writing reports on Oscar De La Hoya, Roy Jones, Mike Tyson, and Lennox Lewis. While McIlvanney can starkly illuminate farce and tragedy in boxing, the passion of his writing reveals that, in spite of deep and persistent doubts about its justifiability, he continues to be drawn to this, "the hardest game."

"The genius of McIlvanney is his ability to magnify and precisely delineate those elements in sport that contain fundamental truths about the human condition."
--The Scotsman

"Anyone who admires writing as muscular as it is graceful should buy this book."
--The Daily Telegraph

About the Author:

Hugh McIlvanney is the chief sports writer of The Sunday Times and has written for The Observer and Sports Illustrated. He is widely regarded as the outstanding sports journalist of his generation and has been voted United Kingdom Sports Writer of the Year on no fewer than seven occasions.

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