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A great book chronicling a great event,
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This review is from: LAST GREAT FIGHT, THE: The Extraordinary Tale of Two Men and How One Fight Changed Their Lives Forever (St Martins Press) (Hardcover)
This is a wonderful book. Extremely well written, detailed and full of insight and anecdote about and surrounding what many regard as the greatest sporting upset ever.
What marks this book out from many others of the same ilk is how it manages to portray its two protagonists as human beings - as real people. This is a striking achievement on its own when we consider the brutality and base animalism at the heart of a 'sport' where the intention is to render an opponent physically defenceless by beating him about the head!
Refreshingly, this book doesn't focus on 'Iron' Mike Tyson, or on the myth of his one-time invincibility. The fully rounded treatment of James `Buster' Douglas is welcome, as it `fills in the blanks' for many people who know Douglas ONLY as the guy who beat Tyson. Even Tyson himself is portrayed sympathetically - but not in a fawning or sycophantic way. On the contrary, Tyson's various weaknesses and personal demons before and after 1991 are amply described.
One of the best books about boxing I have read. I would recommend this book for boxing fans and non fans alike.