Ringside is a bountiful collection of the most memorable boxing stories by legendary fight-game writer Budd Schulberg.
Schulberg takes us all the way back to an epic bare-knuckle contest in England 200 years ago; draws a revealing portrait of 'Uncle' Mike Jacobs, the promotional impresario of boxing in its golden age; expertly places Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali in the social context of their times; brings followers up to date on the careers of the great names of recent decades - Tyson, Holyfield, de la Hoya, Hopkins, 'Chico' Corrales; and much more.
Throughout this book, Schulberg provides the perfect blend of great writing on great fighters, laced with a realistic sense of boxing's wrongs as well as its rights. With prose that sparkles with authority and insight, Ringside is a main event in the world of sports literature.
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Schulberg's prose is imperious . . . Anybody with the slightest interest in the literature of sport should try to get their hands on this book - Daily Telegraph
Schulberg is not merely a contender, he's an undisputed champion - Independent on Sunday
Schulberg's prose packs as much of a punch as any of his heroes, but it is the sheer breadth of knowledge and history displayed here that takes the breath away - Metro
I have come across few men with as profound an understanding of the imperatives that govern the quality of a performance in the ring . . . the voice that will come through the ensuing pages is not just engaging and eloquent. It is wise -
Schulberg remains a distinguished boxing author, which you'll confirm if you do yourself a favour and buy his new book - Daily Mail
A long lifetime of experience distilled into words . . . age has not withered [Schulberg's] observational powers or his ability to express his views - The Herald
An absolute must for anyone who is even remotely a boxing fan - www.eastsideboxing.com
The best of [Budd Schulberg] is here - Sky Sports Magazine
About the Author
Budd Schulberg was the author of What Makes Sammy Run?, On the Waterfront and The Harder They Fall. A celebrated boxing writer, he won every possible award the sport has to offer, including the Living Legend Award of the World Boxing Association, the A.J. Liebling Award of the Boxing Writers Association of America and was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame. He died in August 2009.