Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Sweet Science

TitleThe Sweet Science
AuthorA.J. Liebling
Call NumberGV1125 .L5 2004  
Location2nd Floor Social Sciences
RatingHighly Recommended
Book ReviewI recently developed an interest in boxing so I thought I would read this classic in sports nonfiction. Liebling is primarily known as a journalist who covered a wide range of subjects for The New Yorker and wrote the essays in this collection in the 1930s and 1940s. Reading this book gives the reader the tools to appreciate the “sweet science” of boxing and I felt after reading it that I had a much higher awareness of the subtleties of the sport. It also gives an interesting account of an era in boxing history when fights began to be televised, which enthusiasts like Liebling believed caused a decline in the quality of young boxers. Even if you’re not very interested in boxing, this book is enjoyable for its rich description of the people in the boxing world—fighters, coaches, promoters, fans, etc.—and the small details of attending events in New York City in this era.
Submitted ByTaylor Greene
Department or MajorLeatherby Libraries
StatusStaff
Chapman Emailtgreene@chapman.edu

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