His chapter on Joe Louis actually brought tears to my eyes as Paul gives the very great champion the recognition he deserves not only for his talent as a fighter, but also for the incredible strides he made in race relations in this country. My sadness came from the realization this great man has been all but forgotten today. Joe Louis transcended boxing and he should never be forgotten.
Dempsey, Johnson, Tunney, Baer, Marciano and the others are included. After reading this wonderful book you will really appreciate just how unique each of these men were. Glen Sharp wanted to be a boxer and spent time in the boxing gyms in his native California. After a brief amateur career he turned pro and had three fights, losing two of them.
His descriptions of the gyms around Stockton, California during the early s and his time spent as a sparring partner for light heavyweight contender Yaqui Lopez is the stuff of novels. It is in facing the fact that you can never succeed at something you love and desire so much that makes boxing such a cruel yet valuable parent.
I am not one to toss around the word classic, but I am also not alone in calling Punching From The Shadows one. I will finish by recommending a work of fiction that turned fifty years old this year. It is a dark story but the work is more poetry than prose. In less than pages Leonard Gardner paints a picture in words that will remain vivid in your mind.
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I read it for the second time a couple of years ago when I was fortunate enough to spend some time with Leonard. He is a fascinating man who knows his boxing. He also knows human nature and is one incredible writer. It was also made into a terrific movie directed by John Huston with the screenplay also written by Leonard Gardner. There you have four books that I can unreservedly recommend. There are less distractions there. Have one to sell? Sell now - Have one to sell? Get an immediate offer. Get the item you ordered or get your money back.
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