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A Flame of Pure Fire: Jack Dempsey and the Roaring '20s Audio CD

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  • Audio CD
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142337780X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423377801
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.9 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,720,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
When Jack Dempsey climbed into the ring to box Jess Willard for the world heavyweight crown, this excellent book shows a photograph of Jack's left hand wrapped in bandages.
Maybe you think - so what? Well, after Jack had demolished Willard, the Kansas said Jack had come into the ring with his gloves on and his hands encased in plaster of Paris. This one photograph puts everything straight. Jack needed only his fists to win.
This book gives you an accurate view of Jack's life and the times he lived in. It is beautifully written and is a pleasure to read. If you are a Jack Dempsey fan then this publication is for you.
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Well researched, detailed and authorative - but I did find the style a little meandering at times which caused me to lose interest and put the book down (perhaps because it was so authorative). Interesting to see how much of the text was copied/borrowed from Jack Dempsey's book on Championship Fighting - for those who have not got a copy of that book, the Flame of Pure Fire gives an interesting snippet of some of Jack's tips for punching hard!

Generally though, although authorative, I personally I felt some of the info would have been better off being left in the footnotes to keep the flow of the narrative going.

Worth reading if you are keen to learn more about Jack Dempsey and boxing's hey day at the turn of the twentieth century. The 'HarvestBook' is also a very fine copy and a pleasure to leaf through - contains some great photos.

If you like this you will love the Jack Johnson Biography by G Ward which is set at a time just prior to Dempsey's reign.
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Jack Dempsey is one of the legendary figures of boxing. A man whose myth grows and grows and whose life is crying out to be turned into a hollywood film. His destruction of Jess Willard, his million dollar fights with Georges Carpentier and Gene Tunney and his 4 minute war with Luis Angel Firpo have turned him into a twentieth century icon. This book tells you all of the details of these stories and also catalogues some of the less well known aspects of his life. Dempsey comes across as a complex figure, a ferocious in ring warrior who would do whatever it took to win a fight, but also a gentle and generous man outside of the ring whose easy going nature made him a target for less charitable people. He lived a hard life before he became World Champion and even though he became immensely successful and popular in his later years he never forgot who he was or where he came from. If you are interested in Dempsey and the history of boxing in the early twentieth century, this is the only book you will ever need to read.
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Format: Hardcover
I'm a big boxing fan and also an avid reader, so it was a great joy to find a book which shed so much light on one of the great heavyweight champions and was also so well written. Kahn spends quite some time giving background on the '20s, he describes the (sometimes hypocritical) attitudes towards the First World War and Prohibition, this serves to "flesh out" the character of Dempsey and give some appreciation of some of the choices he made. The contrasts between the irresponsible jingoism and scare-mongering of America at this time with the personal struggle of Dempsey against his harsh poverty is very effective.
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In this time, the champion heavyweight Jack Dempsey is little known.This is surprising as not only was he the first international superstar in any sport , but a man of exceptional ability courage and character.Rated as an incomparable Boxer by such legends of wrestling( always willing to talk down boxers..) as Stsnislaus Vybowski and Sir Athol Oakely (not to mention Bruce Lee), with the release of this book Jack Dempsey at last recieves a treatment worthy of him. Kahn is to be credited with a masterpiece of style ;in placing Dempsey in the context of his times Kahn paints many a picture of surprising vividity , bringing glimpses of many curious side stories, while always lucidly and vigorously recounting his main subject. The fight descriptions are masterful in conveying the tension, excitement and feel ,without losing a detail, of some of the most spectacular fights of the century. If you ever read only one biography of a sportsman or a fighter, make it this one. You will not be disappointed
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