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  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing; 1st edition (14 Oct. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851588744
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851588749
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 643,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Donald McRae, in thrall to a 30-year boxing addiction, has seen countless fights both minor and major in England and the United States, and is on friendly, even intimate, terms with a number of boxers and their associates. Dark Trade bears comparison with Thomas Hauser's The Black Lights...but Dark Trade is more picaresque in form, taking the reader ringside in vividly rendered, and in several cases graphically brutal, matches...McRae brings to the highly charged, obsessive world of professional boxing a novelist's eye and ear for revealing detail and convincingly recalled dialogue...Engaging, sympathetically rendered, emotionally direct...This is an impassioned book." --Joyce Carol Oates, "Los Angeles Times" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Donald McRae is also the author of Winter Colours: Changing Seasons in World Rugby and Nothing Personal: The Business of Sex. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By GREGG EASSOM on 17 Feb. 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a superb book. Through brief glimpses into the worlds of various top boxers you can create a picture of the modern condition of professional boxing. It is written like a memoir, a journal or a diary, following the author from his first meeting with Mike Tyson, traveling to various places around the world, interviewing the likes of Roy Jones, Oscar de la Hoya, Chris Eubank to name a few, and then coming full circle to meet Mike Tyson again before he fought Evander Holyfield. It gives insight into the psychology of a fighter, and the politics of all those controlling him, and even glimpses of the personal lives, introducing wives, girlfriends, children. Any fan of boxing would find this book a pleasure to read, I have loaned my copy to six people, all of whom enjoyed it, and surprisingly not all were boxing fans. It is written by a fan for a fan, and the author treats each of the legends with the same respect, awe and compassion that they all deserve. I simply cannot recommend this book any more than to say it is a must read for anyone. This is a total all-rounder. **********, ten out of ten.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By andrew brake on 15 Jan. 2006
Format: Paperback
Rarely has a book captivated me as much as this one.....from the menace and destructive power of tyson to the speed and grace of roy jones.
Donald Mcrae's journey across the world to seek out the very best boxers of the time is fascinating from start to finish. At times funny at times heartbreaking this book is a must for boxing fans.
Utterly compeling as he enters the mind of the boxer to try and understand why they have chosen the fight game as there path in life.
Im only sad that ive finished it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jan. 2000
Format: Paperback
Donald McRae brings his personal insights from many hundreds of hours spent in the company of professional fighters to the page in a remarkable book.
Not only does he look at the big stars in boxing, but also the smaller names who do so much to ensure the survival of this sport.
The insights here are fascinating, revealing to the reader the motivations of the professional fighter in a refreshingly objective text.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grover on 26 July 2010
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McRae manages to beautifully convey the complexities that surround the fight game. The warmth and compassion that many many fighters display, combined with the petrifying ferocity - and the even more petrifying origins of that aggression - that sustains them. He gives us depressingly predictable insight into the dark heart of boxing, the murkiness and duplicitousness of promoters and the abuse of fighters who deserve better, and even the terrific dangers that fighters subject themselves to. What I especially liked about it was McRae's humility and sensitivity throughout, he never takes his access to the fighters for granted, and gets across his trepidation when confronted with these volatile men. Absolutely great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JWA Drennan on 23 July 2009
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I'm fussy. I can't finish most books. I get bored, irritated by bad writing, or just tired by the same cliches. I have reread this book 3 times over 5 years. It differs, as it shows boxing in two lights, the barbaric brutality than claims lives, along with the incredible skill it demands.

It's fascinating because it's one man's journey through boxing. He meets the fighters and gets more out of them than you'd ever expect. The fear, the joy and the brutality of the boxing ring. Buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amon.E.Mus. on 12 Mar. 2010
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As the title mentions, anything under 5 this book does not deserve. A well written experience of a man who has come across many a big name in the fight game, he captures James Toney in outstanding fashion, the aura he builds in the dressing room and a fighters entrance is second to none. He explains the back and forth feud between Kallen and Toney, how a young fatherless james toney would become champ, his shortcomings and failures. He also discusses his interviews with Tyson whilst he was imprisoned and brings a different Tyson to surface, his disgrace at Eubank, and a young and enthusiastic Naseem before he was the prince.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is brilliant, following several of the early to mid 90s best fighters such as James Toney, Naseem Hamed, Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. It speaks of the dark side of boxing, beyond the lights and showmanship, and looks at the struggles of some fighters, as well as the sheer brutalilty of the sport. An enthralling read, I would really recommend it to anyone who likes boxing
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