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on 9 November 2013
Adam Smith's very intelligent and he knows Boxing. It's a brutal sport where fairy tales come true and often people with nothing can make a good life for themselves. That's what Beautiful Brutality looks at. Smith talks about family tie, Nazeem Hamed's family, the Hattons, Joe and Enzo Calzaghe.
If you like boxing buy this book. Honestly - it's by the guy who presents Ringside and I now have much more respect for Adam Smith as a boxing pundit. He really knows his stuff and he cares about the boxers he has met and worked with over the years.
I never disliked Adam, he just comes across on Ringside in a very quiet and professional manner. I now know that the man has devoted most of his life to educating himself about the sport and he takes nothing for granted.
The books great - I would rate it up there with the top Boxing books. Buy it an you'll really enjoy it.
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on 4 September 2012
Smith is fine commentator and an excellent presenter of boxing on Sky sports. It is this background as part TV journalist and presenter that has allowed Smith such intimate and unfettered access to some of the biggest names in world boxing. What makes the book a little more 'localised' is that real detail and interest comes in his access to British boxers. Khan, Hatton, Calzaghe and Hamed especially - though the true enthusiasts will like the sections on the small more lively characters like the Booth brothers.

The family theme ensures the book has a structure that sets it apert from the usual chronological anthologies and this format works better in some chapters than others - in places it feels a little as if Smith is writing to a formula - soundbite summary - detail and opinion - summary with soundbite set-up for next chapter. This forces a certain amount of repetition. Which could have been edited better.

One aspect that i found interesting was Smith's tone - his voice and presenting/commentating style is very distinct. When reading the prose I could hear him saying it aloud - for the kost part this works well as Smith is always eloquent and well informed - on occassion though, the book did fall into sounding less like a 'book' an more like a VT intro for TV. A minor quibble. This was most botbale around the Mickey Ward section - Smith has a bit of a love in with the Wahlberg film - which is a fine film but plays horribly fast and loose with fact, timeline and reality. More mention of these discrepancies was needed.

This is insightful, interesting, accurate and entertaining. Casual boxing fans/sports fans will get a lot from it and detail/boxing geeks will enjoy the frank and intimate access that Smith has been granted. It is also very revealing about how symbiotic the TV/Journalist and fighter relationship can be. I recommend it to all sports fans.
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on 6 February 2013
Most enjoyable read with many facts that only someone who has spent much time within the sport and knowing the subjects could provide. Adam relates well and writes with honesty about the families and their ties to boxing. Anyone involved in the sport will understand and appreciate this book.
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on 3 August 2012
This is a fantastic book that gives insight into the world of Boxing. But what makes it interesting even for non-boxing fans are both the tales from a TV insider and the focus of the author on the family dynamic behind the sport.
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on 14 June 2015
An incredible book on boxing, Adam is so involved in the sport and loves the sport, this shines through. Adam is a boxing fan through and through. I've read lots and lots of good boxing books and this is one of the best.
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on 17 June 2014
An enjoyable insight into some of the characters in boxing, past and present and how their family (or lack of) has shaped their career. Slightly outdated (published before Hattons ill fated comeback, Froch's fights post Ward). Nevertheless an excellent read
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on 31 October 2014
a fantastic book a real good read enjoy everyone ,
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on 20 April 2014
Great book, written from such a different angle. One if the best boxing books I have read. Well done Adam Smith
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on 10 July 2014
bought as a gift for my bf, he's a massive boxing fan and has read it cover to cover
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