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The Good Son: The Life of Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini [Hardcover]

Mark Kriegel
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  • Hardcover: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; 1 edition (18 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743286359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743286350
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 321,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Good Son From the bestselling, critically acclaimed author of "Namath" and "Pistol" comes another remarkable biography--the life of boxing champ Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini. After all, an adoring public considered Boom Boom the "real" Rocky. Full description

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5.0 out of 5 stars Boom Boom 27 Aug 2013
By Jambro
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Tells the real story of Mancini. He had the appalling luck to fight a very brave man who paid the ultimate. You find out the love between son and father and how he wanted to carry the boxing dream of his father into his body. Great Read and great book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The good son? The great book!! 4 Jan 2013
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An excellent look into the life and career of one of the most entertaining and well loved fighters of all time. Highly recommended for all boxing fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars b 18 Mar 2013
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i have read many boxing books and this is one of the very best.very well written,brilliant,true value for moneycant praise it enough.
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4.0 out of 5 stars present 9 Dec 2013
By Bejam
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christmas present for my husband i am sure he will like it when he get it for xmas. happy happy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story written incredibly well 19 Sep 2012
By nyc guy - Published on
I got a copy of this wonderful book Monday evening and haven't been able to put it down. It reads like an old friend telling you great stories. I didn't know of him before seeing him on NFL AM. Mark Kriegel is an incredibly gifted writer who weaves the stories in this book together in such a compelling manner that my plans are to read his two earlier books immediately upon completing The Good Son.

I like sports and boxing, but am not a huge fanatic. This is a great book telling interesting stories well, regardless of whether you're a boxing or sports fan. Like I heard him say, " It's a story of fathers and sons, and life." And it is a knockout.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 3 Oct 2012
By Robert E. Mladinich - Published on
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As a avid boxing fan in the 1980s, as well as a good friend of Boom Boom's cantankerous manager David Wolf, I thought I knew all there was to know about the Mancini story. However, this book hits you at so many emotional levels, it is as hard to stop thinking about as it was putting it down. A remarkable story told in a very remarkable way by a talented writer. Even if you have no interest in boxing, this book will speak to you on some level. Great read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Fight Fans 19 Aug 2013
By Victor A. Marrale - Published on
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Really enjoyed this book. I followed Mancini and admired him and his story when it was happening but learned many new details about his life and career. If you enjoy a good story about those who persevere to achieve their goals then you'll enjoy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good read 8 Aug 2013
By Anthony W. Incristi - Published on
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I would highly recommended this to anyone that thinks they know the Boom Boom story. It reveals the inner thoughts of what we think we know. I am proud to call Ray Mancini a fellow buckeye and happy he has finally received closure. It is truly a tribute to what sons do go for our fathers love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boom Times 9 May 2014
By Pugwash - Published on
Mark Kriegel has followed his insightful biography of Pete Maravich with a figure, if not as iconic, than probably at least equally misunderstood.

Boom-Boom Mancini became a media sensation in the early 1980's after the networks blared his story of following his fathers unrequited dream of a World Championship belt. His father, Lenny, had climbed up the contention ladder in the 1940's with a swarming, never say die style. His dream was punctured while fighting in World War II.

Ray was his youngest son, and fought with the same determined frenzy. A string of wins over solid contenders put him in line to meet the charismatic Alexis Arguello. Mancini acquitted himself well, but was overcome by Arguello's well honed skills and deep heart.

Yet, in the days of split titles, Mancini secured a shot of the fractional lightweight title in his very next fight. The one round it lasted was spectacular, and Boom-Boom became a made for TV fighter. Took punishment, dished it out. America loves Rock-Em-Sock-Em Robots, and Mancini manufactured this type of fight. And, the climax was yet to come.

After two title defenses, Mancini met unknown Korean Duk Koo Kim, who had somehow been elevated to number one contender under the corruption of the Alphabet Soup Boxing Sanctioning bodies. Most everyone believed he was being led to slaughter, and yet Kim believed in his own will, and tried to out Mancini Boom-Boom. In a fight for the ages, the two fighters stood toe to toe and took turns hurting each other. In the Fourteenth round, Kim went down. He got up, and then lay prostate on the canvas. He died several days later.

The twenty one year old Mancini was a changed man, and his boxing edge was forever duller.

How he reconciled his adulthood is every bit as interesting as his fight career, and this is what sets this boxing bio apart from others. This is a story in full. Part heroic, and part tragic.

I look forward to Mr. Kriegel's next offering.
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