Rocky Marciano's Fight for Perfection in A Crooked WorldBook - 2018
The son of poor Italian immigrants, with short arms and stubby legs, Rocky Marciano accomplished a feat that eluded legendary heavyweight champions like Joe Louis, Jack Dempsey, Muhammad Ali, and Mike Tyson: He never lost a professional fight. His record was a perfect 49-0. Unbeaten is the story of this remarkable champion who overcame injury, doubt, and the schemes of corrupt promoters to win the title in a bloody and epic battle with Jersey Joe Walcott in 1952. Rocky packed a devastating punch with an innocent nickname, (3z(BSuzie Q,(3y (Bagainst which there was no defense. As the champ, he came to know presidents and movie stars – and the organized crime figures who dominated the sport, much to his growing disgust. He may have (3z(Bstood out in boxing like a rose in a garbage dump,(3y (Bas one sportswriter said, but he also fought his own private demons. In the hands of the award-winning journalist and biographer Mike Stanton, Unbeaten is more than just a boxing story. It’s a classic American tale of immigrant dreams, exceptional talent wedded to exceptional ambitions, compromises in the service of a greater good, astounding success, disillusionment, and a quest to discover what it all meant. Like Suzie Q, it will knock you off your feet.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2018
Edition: First edition
Branch Call Number: 921 Marci
Description: 385 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Rocky Marciano's fight for perfection in a crooked world