On Boxing by Joyce Carol Oates

Posted on September 8, 2009. Filed under: Nonfiction | Tags: , |

Naomi Wolfson, Oakton Library Assistant recommends this book:

On Boxing by Joyce Carol Oates

At first I wasn’t sure why anyone would read this book. It was old, like 1987 old, and then there was, of course, the issue of boxing. Is it a blood thirsty sport of sweaty men and large egos, or is it something more?

Boxing as a sport is defined like other sports. It is defined by those who partake in the sport at an extremely high level and the greats who are memorable through the ages due to their achievements within the sport itself. This book highlights the boxing greats from the very beginning up until the books publication and quotes them and their philosophies, both as men and as boxers. It discusses the dangers they face both in and out of the ring and sometimes even defines why they chose the sport of boxing, or, in many cases, how the sport came to choose them.

This is a wonderful book for anyone who is either a fan of boxing or participates in the sport who’d like to know a little more about its history, the people who’ve made an impact, and the psychology of the people.

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