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War, Baby: The Glamour of Violence [Paperback]

Kevin Mitchell
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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6 Feb 2003

25th February 1995

The Dark Destroyer vs the G-Man

Nigel Benn and Gerald McClennan

Two men with a reputation to defend - a reputation for brutal, unforgiving combat both in the ring and outside it. Ostensibly, they were fighting for a world title and a lot of money, the stuff of professional boxing. But this fight was different. It was a rare collision of wills, and few present had seen anything like it.

After ten of the most gruelling and vicious rounds that the sport of boxing has ever witnessed McClellan finally was defeated. He knelt in his corner on one knee in submission. And he never got up.

This is the story of what brought these two men together on the night of 25th February 1995 and how that night changed them forever. It's a story too about those associated with the promotion of public fist-fighting, who bend morality to suit their needs. It's a story that attempts to unravel the glamour of violence.

William Hill Sports Book of the Year Finalist.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Yellow Jersey; New Ed edition (6 Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224060732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224060738
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An acutely intelligent, even-handed analysis of the characters, history and all-round horrible wonders of boxing's brutality and beauty. Solid, straight-talking and as rock'n'roll as sports writing gets" (The Scotsman)

"Powerfully taut account of Benn v McClellan brawl captures boxing's farce and nobility" (Observer)

"The boxing book to end all boxing books... compellingly unputdownable" (Guardian)

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An astonishing piece of boxing writing, detailing one of the most vicious, controversial and tragic fights of the last thirty years, between Britain's Nigel Benn and American Gerald McClellan.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars War Baby 28 Aug 2002
Anybody who has seen this fight would be advised to read this book, as so often with terrific fights there is always an aftermath unfortunately with this fight the aftermath left one through champion disapled and probably the best pound for pound fighter in the UK a shadow of his former self.Kevin Mitchell's account of the fight and fighters themselves is brilliant and I applaud him for giving so many fans a chance to look into Gerald McClellan's life after such a memorable battle back in '95.This book also looks at boxing as a sport from it's earliest day's and gives a good insight into fighters and their mentality a quality read and I definatley recommend it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough material for a book 1 Nov 2009
This would have worked brilliantly as a series of features in the Observer (the paper the author works for). As a book, I just feel it has too much filler. For instance there are weird interludes about the hotels Mitchell stays in, or how he gets drunk at their bars. What this has to do with the fight I have no idea..

He's a good writer, but I would be cautious about buying this book. It's ok, but no more than that.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
...for anyone who saw that fight, it was unforgetable: beautiful yet horrifying. I'd never heard of Kevin Mitchell, and it was a bit strange trying to decipher some of the english that our cousins across the sea use, but I thought it was a great book, and did a good job trying to explore the attraction to violence in twin cultures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars quality product,great service 12 May 2012
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a great book for anyone with an interest in the fight between nigel benn and gerald mcclellan.gives a great picture of the build up to the fight,the fight itself,and its aftermath.well worth the money.
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