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Reading The Fights

An anthology of stories edited by

Library Journal
A good subtitle for this book would be ''The Intellectual's Guide to the Art of Boxing.'' Some very impressive writing talents are assembled here, for in addition to the editors there are special pieces by Gay Talese, A. J. Liebling, Norman Mailer, and George Plimpton. Interspersed are vivid descriptions of such great fights as Dempsey-Tunney, Ali-Frazier, and Duran-Leonard. Many of the authors have a love-hate relationship with the profession; Gerald Early, for instance, is fascinated by the fights but wants them abolished. Too much in-depth analysis and too much reliance on symbolism in some of the pieces but overall a stimulating book that belongs in most public libraries. Samuel Simons, Memorial Hall Lib., Andover, Mass.

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Hardback Editions

April 1988 : USA Hardback

Title: Reading the Fights
Author(s): Joyce Carol Oates
ISBN: 0-8050-0510-2 / 978-0-8050-0510-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Seaver Books
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Paperback Editions

May 1990 : USA Paperback

Title: Reading the Fights
Author(s): Joyce Carol Oates
ISBN: 0-685-46179-3 / 978-0-685-46179-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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April 1990 : USA Paperback

Title: Reading the Fights: The Best Writing About the Most Controversial of Sports
Author(s): Daniel Halpern
ISBN: 0-13-761149-8 / 978-0-13-761149-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall Direct
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