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Publisher's Summary

This collection of A.J. Liebling's classic New Yorker pieces on the "sweet science of bruising" brings vividly to life the boxing world as it once was. It depicts the great events of boxing's American heyday: Sugar Ray Robinson's dramatic comeback, Rocky Marciano's rise to prominence, Joe Louis' unfortunate decline. Liebling never fails to find the human story behind the fight, and he evokes the atmosphere in the arena as distinctly as he does the goings-on in the ring; a combination that prompted Sports Illustrated to name The Sweet Science the best American sports book of all time.
©1951 the Estate of A.J. Liebling; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Nobody wrote about boxing with more grace and enthusiasm than Joe Liebling." (New York Times)
"In The Sweet Science, as in all his books, Liebling himself, the voice and the character, is immensely appealing." (New Yorker)
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By Josh on 03-29-16

Liebling is a master wordsmith, Gardner an incredible narrator

The fighter did "not succeed in converting the Philadelphian into a horizontal, but he made him look like two sides of a triangle in search of a third."

No one writes this way anymore! AJ Liebling's analogies were the highlight of a book woven through the art of boxing, deftly narrated with an old tyme voice by Grover Gardner.

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By Lee on 10-17-14

A Gifted Writer Turns Boxing Into Ballet

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I've listened to this book three times. I'm a boxing fan, of course, but Liebling is a gifted wordsmith. The prose he used to write the articles that make up this book is some of the best ever written in the English language. The narrator does an outstanding job too. I would not recommend this to someone who is not a boxing and/or sports fan though as much of it would not interest them. However, it is a must for the casual or devoted fan of the sweet science of bruising!

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