Thomas Hauser A Year at the Fights

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A Year at the Fights

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Acclaimed boxing writer Thomas Hauser admires the sweet science, but he also recognizes and confronts its problems. His essays here portray the sport in all its glory and gore, its grace and disgrace. Hauser tracks the effects of big money on the sport, exposes corruption at the highest levels, and examines the emotional links between the September 11 attack on America and the way we experience the violence of boxing. He follows the biggest fighters and the most important fights through 2001 into the early months of 2002. He also depicts the broadcasters, government regulators, and others-the people behind the scenes who shape boxing without ever taking a punch. We meet fighters such as Lennox Lewis, Mike Tyson, and Bernard Hopkins, and non-combatants like ringside physician Margaret Goodman, trainer Eddie Futch, and the powers that be at HBO.

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Thomas Hauser is the author of twenty-eight books, including Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times, the definitive biography of the most famous man on earth. The University of Arkansas Press reissued his first book on boxing, The Black Lights, in 2000 and published A Beautiful Sickness: Reflections on the Sweet Science in 2001. Hauser's novel, Finding the Princess, was published by the University of Arkansas Press in 2000.

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Hauser's 28 books include suspense fiction, investigative journalism, and even a children's book. But his passion and stellar reputation rest largely on his writing about boxing. This collection draws from miscellaneous boxing journalism published in Boxing Digest and in various online publications. He opens with a fascinating portrait of Sir Henry Cooper, the British heavyweight who nearly ended the Ali legend before it began and has since become one of the most revered figures in England. Hauser also profiles boxers Bernard Hopkins, Shane Mosley, and Naseem Hamed. Hauser also analyzes the business of boxing with an excellent series of articles on HBO, Madison Square Garden Productions, and the relationship between boxing and television marketing. There are also fascinating pieces on a small promoter of club fights, boxing archivist Bill Cayton, and the resurgence of Everlast, the renowned manufacturer of boxing equipment. Hauser has been favorably compared to legendary sportswriter A. J. Liebling, the originator of the phrase "sweet science." It's an apt comparison. A special collection for fans of the best boxing literature. Wes Lukowsky
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