Morning guys, I aint really much of a reader, but I'll be needing some reading materials for my flight and travelling in the states so I thought I'd try and find a boxing book or two to have a read. I really don't like reading novels or fiction. I like bio's or true story books, and I've never read a boxing book before.
Admitedly I also aint much of a historian of the game, though I do have an interest in learning more, its just time consuming.
Anyhoo, some recommended books on the fight game, or some interesting books on specific fighters would be useful.
I'm heading out shopping in a few hours, but I don't expect many, if any answers by then. But I could go on another book run once I have a few recs in a few days.
Ton- The Choice in Bookstores over here is sadly limited as well Sometimes you can find an older book called In This Corner by Peter Heller, but it's become dated now and I don't see it as often. A more recent one I've seen in a couple book stores is Bert Sugar's Boxing's Greatest Fighters where he ranks the top 100 of all time, and is a decent read......if you don't mind Sugar's constant attempts at humor.
The other books I could suggest have literally no chance of being in a Bookstore
2) "Harry Greb" by our very own Bill Paxton about Harry Greb
Wow!!! I had no idea that was OUR Bill Paxton. I enjoyed that one immensely, also loved Clay Moyle's book on Sam Langford and the late Mr. Rosenfield's book on Charley Burley. I know Ton is a younger fan and probably not as familiar with those guys, but I think the stories are compelling enough that he'd enjoy them anyway.
It is historical fiction "meaning real events mixed in with a story" but "The Killings of Stanley Ketchel" was a very good book
Mike- I think I'm going to take your recommendation and get that one, I stayed away from it because a few people read it thinking it was a biography and not historical fiction and so I stayed away. Thanks!
There are actually quite a few historical fiction books out there ... I think the guy who wrote "The Killings" is somewhat known for his ... I believe he writes a lot of Pancho Villa books. Hell most "historical" movies are historical fiction.
Mike- You got that right, Hollywood takes AMAZING Journalistic license on some of it's efforts, with Sports movies being a PARTICULAR offender.
Not quite historical fiction per say, since it projects into the future from known events, but I used to like an Alternative History writer named Harry Turtledove, who wrote a series of books from the perspective of the South having won the Civil War that was quite interesting.
At this point, I think we're so far from boxing that maybe I should just shut up