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The Sweet Science


A.J. Liebling's classic "New Yorker" pieces on the "sweet science of bruising" bring vividly to life the boxing world as it once was. It depicts the ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 3.500

Not the Greatest

by MarlboroughMan on Feb 18, 2010

The Sweet Science is generally touted as not only the greatest boxing book, but the greatest sports book of all time. This seems a gross exaggeration. In terms of boxing literature, it lacks the depth of Floyd Patterson's Victory Over Myself or Sugar Ray Robinson's autobiography. In terms of historical value it lacks the scope of Peter Heller's "In This Corner..." The Sweet Science is definitely a good book for fans of boxing, but its status as the Greatest Ever seems too highly influenced by the smart-alecky-clever style that dominates sports coverage since the advent of ESPN. I recommend the other volumes first.


Great example of period-journalism

by bigfrank on Aug 4, 2009

Fun to read if you are interested in boxing and like the idea of knowledgable, humorous and at times downright sarcastic commentary of a type which is no longer (unfortunately) seen anymore.

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