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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Yellow Jersey; New Ed edition (6 Feb. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224060732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224060738
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.4 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 326,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An acutely intelligent, even-handed analysis of the characters, history and all-round horrible wonders of boxing's brutality and beauty. Solid, straight-talking and as rock’n’roll as sports writing gets" (The Scotsman)

"Powerfully taut account of Benn v McClellan brawl captures boxing’s farce and nobility" (Observer)

"The boxing book to end all boxing books... compellingly unputdownable" (Guardian)

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An astonishing piece of boxing writing, detailing one of the most vicious, controversial and tragic fights of the last thirty years, between Britain's Nigel Benn and American Gerald McClellan.

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A really deep and thoughtful read. Some people don't like the interludes but i do. Some of the throw-away lines reveal the most. Mitchell goes further in this book than i expected. It's not that hard to read between the lines. We all had to face up to things after this one. Thanks for writing it.
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Anybody who has seen this fight would be advised to read this book, as so often with terrific fights there is always an aftermath unfortunately with this fight the aftermath left one through champion disapled and probably the best pound for pound fighter in the UK a shadow of his former self.Kevin Mitchell's account of the fight and fighters themselves is brilliant and I applaud him for giving so many fans a chance to look into Gerald McClellan's life after such a memorable battle back in '95.This book also looks at boxing as a sport from it's earliest day's and gives a good insight into fighters and their mentality a quality read and I definatley recommend it.
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Kevin Mitchell's articles in The Observer are this country's most consistently entertaining, informative and insightful pieces of boxing journalism. Mitchell is plainly a highly skilled feature writer, with the rare and valuable ability to cut through boxing's tedious layers of hype and get to the core of the sport. Frankly I'd buy any newspaper specifically to enjoy his columns, which is certainly the reason I was so eager to read War Baby.
But the book doesn't do justice to his obvious talent as a reporter. It's cumbersome, stretching a detailed post mortem of one of the most crazily violent fights in history way beyond what is strictly necessary or entertaining. Padded out with hackneyed phrases and overly concerend with paying tribute to fellow boxing writers, I found it to be a terribly disappointing read.
Describing tough fighters as men who have 'been to the hard place', saying that the Benn-McClellan match was 'always going to be a two-ambulance fight', including lines like 'these guys missed targets like America missed the start of world wars'... It's as if Mitchell is trying to be the Raymond Chandler of boxing writers, and he simply doesn't pull it off. Sensationalistic details such as McClellan's penchant for dog fighting in no way do justice to the fight itself, or to the terrible injury suffered by McClellan. They seem to be included in order to provide a headline-worthy newspaper serialisation, and to be perfectly honest, the massively shortened version published in The Observer is all you really need to see.
Mitchell's attempts at writing black American dialogue are clumsy at best, and the while the book doesn't take a moralistic stance, it does feel like the writer has overstretched himself in churning out a 184-page tome based on a single, brief incident.
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Very good read about a very sad fight.... Remember watching the fight live as a boy and it's stuck with me ever since. Definitely worth a purchase if interested in boxing. Adds to what I've already learned about the very nasty side of G-Mac....
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This book pulls no punches just like the Warriors involved . Kevin Mitchell grasps you from page one and drags the reader through a war of vicious words ,actions and ultimately a heavy price for all its cast .undoubtably the best boxing book I have read for ages
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...for anyone who saw that fight, it was unforgetable: beautiful yet horrifying. I'd never heard of Kevin Mitchell, and it was a bit strange trying to decipher some of the english that our cousins across the sea use, but I thought it was a great book, and did a good job trying to explore the attraction to violence in twin cultures.
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This would have worked brilliantly as a series of features in the Observer (the paper the author works for). As a book, I just feel it has too much filler. For instance there are weird interludes about the hotels Mitchell stays in, or how he gets drunk at their bars. What this has to do with the fight I have no idea..

He's a good writer, but I would be cautious about buying this book. It's ok, but no more than that.
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This Is A Great Book! Brings Back Memories Of Boxing On Terrestrial Tv .... And Of Course The Incredible Benn/McClellan....The Book Is Writ With The Spark DirectNess Intensity & Beautiful Savagery Of The Fight Itself....A Time Capsule For The Mid-90's When All These Fighters Were At Their Peak Riveting InSpiring & Doing Damage On A Global Scale
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