What are the best books about boxing and boxers?

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    #1Hands of Stone

    Hands of Stone
    Hands of Stone: The Life and Legend of Roberto Duran is a biography by Christian Guidice about the life of one of the best-known boxing icons. The book is the first biography about Duran and has become a basis of films about the boxer.

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    Danielle George
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "This is a good movie that shows how nice things are and how things can be with good character development. "
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    #2Two Ton: One Night, One Fight

    Two Ton: One Night, One Fight

    Two Ton: One Night, One Fight - Tony Galento vs Joe Luis is a biography by Joseph Monninger about the gigantic fight between Tony Galento and Joe Luis at Yankee Stadium in June 1939. This edition was published in August 2012.


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    Willie Jacobs
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "A must-read for fans of boxing history covering one of the sport's most overlooked fights. An enthralling read."
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    #3On Boxing

    On Boxing

    on Boxing is a book by award-winning author Joyce Carol Oates. It contains essays on the art and discipline of boxing. It was recognized as a New York Times notable book. This version is a reissue of the first book.


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    Mark Moore
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "A collection of thoughts and perspectives on the world of lady boxing. It's not quite a memoir, as the majority of it can be seen as rambling, but it she does at times give an insightful view into what it takes to give and take a punch in the ring. She gives several decent examples as to the how and why of a mindset of a boxer, making it feel personal and empathetic."
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    #4Ghosts of Manila

    Ghosts of Manila

    Ghosts of Manila: The Fateful Blood Feud Between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier is a book written by sportswriter Mark Kram that colorfully narrates the whole spectrum of one of the biggest fights in boxing history.


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    Pamela Weber
    Written on March 20, 2018
    "Ghosts of Manila is a fantastic, nuanced book about the old days of boxing. It details the behind the scenes drama between two greats of the genre and is, by far, the best book about boxing and boxers that I've ever had the pleasure of reading."
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    #5Unforgivable Blackness

    Unforgivable Blackness

    Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson is a biography written by Geoffrey C. Ward about the life of Jack Johnson, an African American boxer who angered a lot of racist Americans because he was living a good life.


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    Nancy Thomas
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "This book is so realistic and it tells the sad past of people with color and the situations they have to pass through, the suffer and finally to succeed "
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    #6The Contender

    The Contender

    The Contender is a modern sports novel written by the famous sportswriter Robert Lipsyte. It won the ALA awards for Best Books for Young Adults and Notable Children's Book. It also won the New York Library Book for the Teen Age award.


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    Jerry Richards
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "Set in 1960s Harlem, The Contender is a pretty standard-issue boxing movie (young kid comes from nothing, learns to box, learns some important life lessons about effort, dignity and personal responsibility, and then wins some fights) except it’s a book. (It’s also pretty intense by comparison to most movies; the main character has to grapple with his friend’s drug addiction; and, refreshingly, the primary antagonist is a drug dealer, not a heel boxer.) Frankly it’s nothing new or revelatory for most of us, but it’s a damn good boxing book, and takes a very solid look at issues like the racism and poverty of the era. If you’ve read this story before you probably won’t find it revelatory, but it’s a great story for my 8th grade students. It’s entertaining, got a lot of good life lessons and motivation, and rings true to their lived experiences. Highly recommended for young adults. "
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    #7The Professional

    The Professional
    The Professional is a young adult sports novel written by W.C. Heinz, a notable sportswriter. It was first published in 1958 and is a vivid depiction of the world of boxing both inside and outside the ring. 

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    Carolina Vega
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "The book "the professional" by W.C. Heinz is one of the best sports book ever written. It highlights vividly the boxing world, both in and outside the boxing ring"
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    #8American Wop

    American Wop

    American Wop: Beaver Buffalo Buttons Brass Boxing and Beer: That's why you're here is a book by Jack Tar that contains a collection of stories told by the author's grandfather about the history of boxing. It was published in December 2010.


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    Kyle Taylor
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "This is a very good motivational book for boxer , but not only for them , but for everyone who need to achieve things in life. "
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    #9Boxing Stories

    Boxing Stories
    Boxing Stories is a book written by Robert E. Howard, author of the famous Conan The Barbarian series. This version was published by Bison Books on 2005. It contains 10 stories about Steve Costigan, a hero, and a pugilist.

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    Jesse Franklin
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "I love the Conan the Barbarian series, and even though Robert E. Howard is long gone, I find myself checking the shelves at book stores for one I may have missed. That led me to another world created by that brilliant min - Boxing Stories. Here I found the same dark humor and valiant battle against evil that saturates the Conan books, and this time in a modern setting. Read it in one sitting - I could not put it down. "
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    Jezebel is a young adult story written by Koko Brown. This is a first edition published in August 2014. It is about a sexy dancer who is trying to fend off the advances of the fighter and boxer who likes her.


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    Thomas Obrien
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "This is a very good motivational book for future boxers, it describes real situations, and real people, and i can say that all people that likes sports or exercise should read it. "
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    #11The Power of One

    The Power of One
    The Power of One is a fictional and a cultural story set in Southern Africa written by Bryce Courtenay. The story follows an abandoned boy, Peekay, and his epic journey towards transforming lives amidst the apartheid.


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    Raymond Gray
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The Power of One: A Novel is a book by Bryce Courtenay. It is available from Amazon for $10.87. The story is about an abandoned boy named Peekay. His journey through the apartheid. He has a great affect and changes many lives on his journey. It is a wonderful story that is well worth the read but it isn't the best fit for the topic."


Best What are the best books about boxing and boxers
1Hands of StoneBooks 25 Paid
2Two Ton: One Night, One FightBooks 23 Paid
3On BoxingBooks 21 Paid
4Ghosts of ManilaBooks 21 Paid
5Unforgivable BlacknessBooks 19 Paid
6The ContenderBooks 18 Paid
7The ProfessionalBooks 17 Paid
8American WopBooks 16 Paid
9Boxing StoriesBooks 15 Paid
10JezebelBooks 13 Paid

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