Dark Trade: Lost in Boxing Paperback – 7 Apr 2005
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Donald McRae, in thrall to a 30-year boxing addiction, has seen countless fights both minor and major in England and the United States, and is on friendly, even intimate, terms with a number of boxers and their associates. Dark Trade bears comparison with Thomas Hauser s The Black Lights but Dark Trade is more picaresque in form, taking the reader ringside in vividly rendered, and in several cases graphically brutal, matches McRae brings to the highly charged, obsessive world of professional boxing a novelist s eye and ear for revealing detail and convincingly recalled dialogue Engaging, sympathetically rendered, emotionally direct This is an impassioned book. Joyce Carol Oates, "Los Angeles Times""
About the Author
Donald McRae is also the author of Winter Colours: Changing Seasons in World Rugby and Nothing Personal: The Business of Sex.
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Top Customer Reviews
Donald Mcrae's journey across the world to seek out the very best boxers of the time is fascinating from start to finish. At times funny at times heartbreaking this book is a must for boxing fans.
Utterly compeling as he enters the mind of the boxer to try and understand why they have chosen the fight game as there path in life.
Im only sad that ive finished it.
Not only does he look at the big stars in boxing, but also the smaller names who do so much to ensure the survival of this sport.
The insights here are fascinating, revealing to the reader the motivations of the professional fighter in a refreshingly objective text.
Some have commented that this books seems fragmented, and to an extent that is true; the author writes chronologically and jumps between different boxers, different countries and continents, but he returns to the same fighters again, whether in periods of triumph or turmoil. The hard-edged prose gives a poetic beauty to an uncompromising, maligned and often savage sport. The way that tragedies are dealt with is also important. If you like boxing then you definitely need to read this, but sports fans in general should read this so gain an insight into what goes on behind the scenes and for an exciting overview of (perhaps) boxing's last great/mainstream era.
It's fascinating because it's one man's journey through boxing. He meets the fighters and gets more out of them than you'd ever expect. The fear, the joy and the brutality of the boxing ring. Buy it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyable read. McRae puts together some epics to be fair. Not an era I was particularly intigued by but the author's enthusiasm soon cured that. Well worth a read!Published 4 months ago by JohnKFox
A love story of sorts. Macrae's obsession with and perspective on boxing makes for a powerful, moving and at times distressing book.Published 15 months ago by G. Abernethy
One of the best Boxing Books of all time.
It's a must have for fans of Benn, Eubanks, Watson, Toney, Jones , Tyson, Lewis, Holyfield & many more
Couldn't put this down. Well written and fascinating insight into the brutal sport and art of boxing. Packs a punchPublished on 23 July 2014 by Amazon Customer
The tragic parts of the book stay in the mind but I enjoyed the insight and interviews with so many fighters I've really liked the most about this book.Published on 19 Jan. 2014 by Amazon Customer
Great read. Must have for any boxing enthusiast. The writer goes into great detail, you gain an insight into the boxers' lives.Published on 27 Oct. 2011 by tinchy