A real sockdolager (that's our word) of a biography of the old Manassa Mauler and still Idol of Fistiana (them's Nat...

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JACK DEMPSEY

A real sockdolager (that's our word) of a biography of the old Manassa Mauler and still Idol of Fistiana (them's Nat Fleischer's), more anecdotal and reminiscing than his earlier book on the man who was born William Harrison Dempsey, led an early roving life, climbed by sweat and a brawling sense of his own knockout power through the preliminary fighter's lot to the 'eavyweight champeenship in 1919 by nearly killing Jess Willard in Toledo (Fleischer was there, baby: ""Manassa Jack that day was the greatest human tornado I'd ever seen in the ring""), lost the crown seven years later when Gene Tunney outpointed him in Philly, became a successful promoter, movie actor, popular restaurateur, has had four wives, and is still, at 77, a celebrity -- ""Advancing from a hobolike existence to the highest peaks in pugilism,"" croons Fleischer, founder-editor of The Ring magazine, ""his story is in truth a rags-to-riches saga."" Forsooth old champ, swing gently.

Pub Date: Oct. 3, 1972

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Arlington House

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1972