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Please try again later. It's nice to have a book based on authentic research and to have the exact things people said reproduced exactly on the page. When someone says their Mother paid a dime to the iceman to carry up a cube of ice and put it in the icebox, you know that guy was there. That guy was there. Much of the material covers the old New York that I knew and loved as a kid, particularly the Golden Gloves sponsored by the New York Daily News and the great gyms and trainers.
But of course I knew the scene from the "other side", that is, the Irish point of view. Jewish kids wandered into the gyms and got into the fight game for the fun and money.
The the Irish kids like myself were sent to the gyms for fisticuff lessons. With the Jews, it was different. They didn't care about the insults. They just wanted to get the watch or the prize money and get out of the game before they got punch drunk.
The chapter on the Main Event is slow and tedious, somewhat repetitious, and needs to be shortened or something. The Jews had their share of prostitutes and criminals and shysters, but not that many. Otherwise, this is a wonderful book for nostalgia, especially the chapters that deal with the Jewish fighters relationship to his Mom and Pop.
A trememdous oral history of a now by-gone era - Bravo! I read this book awhile ago; and while I was impressed by the scope of the author's treatment, I was a little disappointed by his lack of perspective and his exaggeration of the extent of Jews participation in boxing in the 20s and thereafter. In fact I contacted Mr.
Bodner and he acknowledged that he had no authority for the assertion that "nearly one-third of all professional boxers [in the s] were Jewish.
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This isn't to say that Jews were not a substantial, even impressive, presence in boxing from to the early s, only that their overall participation wasn't nearly as great as Mr. This actually makes the achievement of those Jewish boxers who did hold titles more impressive in that their relative percentage is much closer to that of all Jews in boxing. There are more and more references to the above-subject matter on the internet, and exaggerating the overall participation of Jews in boxing does tend to denigrate the quality of that participation.
Some people continue to have a hard time accepting that Jews were ever as capable at physical pursuits as other ethnic groups, especially in a sport as rough as boxing. Still, all in all, I think Mr. Bodner's book is a welcome contribution to the subject, and I highly recommend the read.
This book reads like it was written by someone who is not a writer and edited by someone who is not an editor if at all. The subject matter was of great interest to me otherwise I would never have been able to suffer through it. To refer to it as "oral history" is to ignore the definition of history. As far as oral is concerned it may very well qualify. His quotes reveal an interesting double-talk among boxers: If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click 'Authenticate'.
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