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Floyd Patterson: The Fighting Life of Boxing's Invisible Champion
Floyd Patterson: The Fighting Life of Boxing's Invisible Champion
by W.K. Stratton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.33

5.0 out of 5 stars Could barely put this book down, 6 Sep 2014
This book provides an interesting insight into the makings of one of the youngest heavyweight champions, and of course his failings too. Floyd was a hugely talented fighter who made an unprecedented impact as an amateur boxer, going onto win Olympic Gold in 1952 despite only having started his amateur career a few years previously. Like me you'll probably finish this book with the impression that you wish you had had the opportunity to see or meet with Floyd in person, such was his generous nature and humility. Unfortunately Floyd was possibly too nice to be a professional boxer - as great as his achievements are, he lacked the nasty streak possessed by other champions such as Frazier, Ali, Liston, Dempsey, Foreman and Tyson. He was also a relatively small man, starting out as a middleweight. Anyway, read this fascinating story for yourself. W.K. Stratton should be congratulated on a well written biography that gives a rounded perspective of a complex heavyweight champion.

Undisputed Truth: My Autobiography
Undisputed Truth: My Autobiography
Price: £4.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting insights but tails off, 18 May 2014
Starts off well with interesting insights into the early days and the key fights in the late 80s and early 90s. However, the value of this to any real boxing fans who love the days when boxing champions ruled the world in every sense, is diminished by the endless tales of how Mike was continually trashed after losing to Holyfield. As selfish as it may sound, it's just too much information on what we don't really want to know as big boxing fans! I would have been more interested to read insights into his training camps and his perspectives on his opponents and place in history.

Start and Run a Sandwich and Coffee Shop (Small Business Start-Ups)
Start and Run a Sandwich and Coffee Shop (Small Business Start-Ups)
Price: £3.59

4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to coffee shop ownership, 23 Aug 2013
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This is a very useful insight into running a sandwich bar. Some great examples of how the author tackled various (marketing) strategic and practical day to day issues.

My only criticisms would be that I would have liked more in-depth information on coffee (and other products) and where and what to source. Also would have been great to have more practical advice on how to staff the business in the event of staff absenteeism or when the owner is on holiday.

On the whole, a very interesting read that is highly recommended.

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