My favourite boxing books

A Listmania! list by Mr. G. O. Wilson (Canterbury, Kent)
 
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
1.  Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson by Geoffrey Ward
The list author says:
  "A great profile on the first black heavyweight champion and the significance of his reign."
£7.69   Used & New from: £0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

In Black and White: The Untold Story of Joe Louis and Jesse Owens
2.  In Black and White: The Untold Story of Joe Louis and Jesse Owens by Donald McRae
The list author says:
  "They stood for America but were not representitive of their nation. Fascinating"
£7.99   Used & New from: £0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

The Big If: The Life and Death of Johnny Owen
3.  The Big If: The Life and Death of Johnny Owen by Rick Broadbent
The list author says:
  "An amazing story of courage.  Loved this one."
Used & New from: £0.01
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Four Kings: Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Duran and the Last Great Era of Boxing: Leonard, Hagler, Hearns and Duran and the Last Great Era of Boxing
4.  Four Kings: Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Duran and the Last Great Era of Boxing: Leonard, Hagler, Hearns and Duran and the Last Great Era of Boxing by George Kimball
The list author says:
  "They were kings at a time when boxing needed them most. Great memories"
£8.79   Used & New from: £3.98
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

John L. Sullivan: The Career of the First Gloved Heavyweight Champion
5.  John L. Sullivan: The Career of the First Gloved Heavyweight Champion by Adam J. Pollack
The list author says:
  "Probably the only book you really need to read on the career of the first gloved heavyweight champion of the world"
£27.92   Used & New from: £22.27

Sonny Liston: His Life, Strife and the Phantom Punch
6.  Sonny Liston: His Life, Strife and the Phantom Punch by Rob Steen
The list author says:
  "A tragic tale of lies and deceipt as told by a boxing sceptic - very interesting"
Used & New from: £0.01
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Tunney: Boxing's Brainiest Champ and His Upset of the Great Jack Dempsey
7.  Tunney: Boxing's Brainiest Champ and His Upset of the Great Jack Dempsey by Jack Cavanaugh
The list author says:
  "This book is as much about Jack Dempsey as it is about Gene Tunney - a good read"
£11.99   Used & New from: £3.90
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

In the Ring With Bob Fitzsimmons
8.  In the Ring With Bob Fitzsimmons by Adam J. Pollack
The list author says:
  "The career of the first British born World Heavyweight champion brought together from primary sources"
Used & New from: £26.00
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Master of the Ring: The Extraordinary Life of Jem Mace Father of Boxing and the First Worldwide Sports Star
9.  Master of the Ring: The Extraordinary Life of Jem Mace Father of Boxing and the First Worldwide Sports Star by Graham Gordon
The list author says:
  "This is the best book on the father of modern boxing."
£6.90   Used & New from: £3.48
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times
10.  Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times by Hugh Mcllvaney
The list author says:
  "Thomas Hauser's work on Ali is a masterpiece - can't beat it for the authoratitive version of Ali's life"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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James J. Corbett: Biography of the Heavyweight Boxing Champion and Vaudeville Headliner
11.  James J. Corbett: Biography of the Heavyweight Boxing Champion and Vaudeville Headliner by Armond Fields
The list author says:
  "Just as with other works by Pollack - this is well researched and an amazing read"
£28.50   Used & New from: £21.95

Sam Langford: Boxing's Greatest Uncrowned Champion
12.  Sam Langford: Boxing's Greatest Uncrowned Champion by Clay Moyle
The list author says:
  "Fascinating tale of an amazing fighter who was avoided by all Heavyweight Champions of his time"
Used & New from: £62.45
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Dark Trade: Lost in Boxing
13.  Dark Trade: Lost in Boxing by Donald McRae
The list author says:
  "Simply fascinating - I loved this one"
Used & New from: £13.49
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Give Him to the Angels The Story of Harry Greb
14.  Give Him to the Angels The Story of Harry Greb by James R. Fair
The list author says:
  "This was, until recently, the only work available on Grebb and suffers from containing myth rather than fact"
Used & New from: £45.00
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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The British Boxing Board of Control Boxing Yearbook 2009 (British Boxing Board of Control Boxing Yearbook (Hugman))
15.  The British Boxing Board of Control Boxing Yearbook 2009 (British Boxing Board of Control Boxing Yearbook (Hugman)) by Barry J. Hugman
The list author says:
  "These yearbooks contain all the facts about contemporary British boxers - great reference book"
Used & New from: £6.57
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Battling Siki: A Tale of Ring Fixes, Race, and Murder in the 1920s
16.  Battling Siki: A Tale of Ring Fixes, Race, and Murder in the 1920s by Peter Benson
The list author says:
  "The first authorative work on the fascinating life of the Senegalese fighter"
£17.27   Used & New from: £8.03
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Rocky Marciano The Rock of His Times (Sport and Society)
17.  Rocky Marciano The Rock of His Times (Sport and Society) by Russell Sullivan
The list author says:
  "Probably the best book on the Brockton Blockbuster"
£11.69   Used & New from: £8.31
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Jack Dempsey: The Manassa Mauler
18.  Jack Dempsey: The Manassa Mauler by Roberts
The list author says:
  "A great book on the Manassa Mauler - definitely should be in your bookcase"
£13.99   Used & New from: £5.78
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

War, Baby: The Glamour of Violence
19.  War, Baby: The Glamour of Violence by Kevin Mitchell
The list author says:
  "Wow - a brutal fight, a sad ending, an amazing battle of wills."
£8.29   Used & New from: £0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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