Customer Reviews


2 Reviews
5 star:
 (1)
4 star:
 (1)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 
Most Helpful First | Newest First

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent journey into the dark heart of pro boxing, 11 Aug 2000
By A Customer
This review is from: Dark Trade: Lost in Boxing (Paperback)
This is a truly stunning book. As a fan of quality sports writing my attention was drawn to Dark Trade when it collected the'William Hill Sports book of the year' in 1996. I was rewarded with one the finest reads of my life. McRae takes us upon a fantastic journey with a multitude of famous characters whom we are familiar with from T.V. and the media, but unlike these other mediums he takes us far, far deeper into the very psyche of these brave warriors. Dark Trade truly conveys the fear and glory and seedy nature of professional boxing. For the die hard boxing fan or anyone with a modicum of interest this truly is in my opinion a MUST read book.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a valuable insight into the world of boxing, 7 Oct 1999
By A Customer
This review is from: Dark Trade: Lost in Boxing (Paperback)
The closest i've ever been to a boxing match was in the play ground, and so McRae's account of being a boxing journalist makes good reading for fight novices. He cuts through the posturing, posing and polemic of boxing promotion, giving the reader an insight to the boxers, their families, trainers and managers.
The sanitised vision of boxing is undone by descriptions of it's exploitative and gruesome nature, but the honor and dignity of the boxers always shines through. The mental strength of the boxers, is nicely offset my the author's fears and doubts. The account of waiting with a fighter in the last few moments before he enters the ring are lucid, compelling and shot through with fear.
Dark Trade is an unashamedly personal book, it diaries McRae's relationship with several boxers, his sympathies and preferences for one fighter over another, are made clear. This candidness enhances our faith in McRae. He is simply a fan who struggles to reconcile his liberal and principled humanity with boxing's excessive and ugly brutality.
Dark Trade is a valuable insight into the difficult relationship between boxers and their trade. A wonderful book that will change the way you watch your next boxing match.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First
ARRAY(0xadaceeac)

This product

Dark Trade: Lost in Boxing
Dark Trade: Lost in Boxing by Donald McRae (Paperback - 2 July 1998)
Used & New from: 0.43
Add to wishlist See buying options
Only search this product's reviews