Strong Boy - Christopher Klein

Strong Boy

5.0 1 5 Författare: Christopher Klein Inläsare: Joe Barrett
Finns som ljudbok.
“I can lick any sonofabitch in the world.” So boasted John L. Sullivan, the first modern heavyweight boxing champion of the world, a man who was the gold standard of American sports for more than a decade and the first athlete to earn more than a million dollars. He had a big ego, a big mouth, and even bigger appetites. His womanizing, drunken escapades, and chronic policeblotter presence were godsends to a burgeoning newspaper industry. The largerthanlife boxer embodied the American dream for late nineteenthcentury immigrants as he rose from Bostons Irish working class to become the most recognizable man in the nation. In the process, the “Boston Strong Boy” transformed boxing from outlawed bareknuckle fighting into the gloved spectacle we know today. Strong Boy tells the story of Americas first sports superstar, a selfmade man who personified the power and excesses of the Gilded Age. Everywhere John L. Sullivan went, his fists backed up his bravado. Sullivans epic brawls, such as his seventyfiveround bout against Jake Kilrain, and his crosscountry barnstorming tour in which he literally challenged all of America to a fight are recounted in vivid detail, as are his battles outside the ring with a troubled marriage, wild weight and fitness fluctuations, and raging alcoholism. Strong Boy gives readers ringside seats to the colorful tale of one of the countrys first Irish American heroes and the birth of the American sports media and the countrys celebrity obsession with athletes.
Språk: Engelska Kategori: Biografier

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Förlag: Blackstone Audio
Utgiven: 2015-07-07
Längd: 11T 54M
ISBN: 9781504615686

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