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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (245 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeremy Schaap Narrator: Jeremy Schaap Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2005 ISBN: 9780739321737
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James J. Braddock, dubbed “Cinderella Man” by Damon Runyon, was a once promising light heavyweight for whom a string of losses in the ring and a broken right hand happened to coincide with the Great Crash. With one good hand, Braddock was forced to labor on the docks of Hoboken. Only his manager, Joe Gould, still believed in him, finding fights for Braddock to help feed his wife and children. In less than twelve months Braddock went from the relief rolls to face heavyweight champion Max Baer, the Livermore Butcher Boy, renowned for having allegedly killed two men in the ring. A ten-to-one underdog, Braddock carried the hopes and dreams of the working class on his shoulders. And when boxing was the biggest sport in the world, when the heavyweight champion was the biggest star in the world, his unlikely upset made Braddock the most popular champion boxing has ever seen.

Against the gritty backdrop of the Depression, Cinderella Man brings this dramatic all-American story to life, evoking a time when the sport of boxing resonated with a country trying desperately to get back on its feet. Rich in anecdote and color, steeped in history, and full of human interest, Cinderella Man is a classic David and Goliath tale that transcends the sport. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tin niT | 1/10/2014

    " James Braddock, laki-laki berotot tapi berhati lembut.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Benedict | 1/3/2014

    " A really good book for any boxing fan. It was also a nice bit of historical nonfiction about life in the 1930's Americana "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Seth | 12/12/2013

    " This was a very intresting look at this period of time. I loved the contrast between James Braddock and Max Baer. With James seeming to be a very humble good guy unlike Max "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 F. John | 12/7/2013

    " Mr. Schapp does a superb job of describing ther man and describing the game. This was a real page turner. I saw the movie too; loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 11/27/2012

    " Very good. Still haven't seen the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shauna | 8/6/2012

    " I really liked this book. I loved the intricate detail it went into with each of the fighters history. I really enjoyed the writing style. And of course, a heart-warming story about how an underdog who loved his family, overcame all odds. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doc Mcgarey | 6/11/2012

    " Terrific period piece of Depression era 1930s New York. Braddocks story is one that brings to life the real struggles of the times. He is a fighter in every sense of the word. I like this red for young athletes and their parents on what it takes to succeed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuck | 5/31/2012

    " This was a fascinating book about an era in sport I knew little about. It was one of those books that I really could not put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel Brown | 3/26/2012

    " Fantastic! The movie was great, but that made Max Baer look like such a weiner. In real life, he was nicer and more likeable. Braddock was pretty amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Garth | 2/18/2012

    " With the current economic situation, I've enjoyed reading about the 1930's depression and dust bowl, but this book is more. It's a story about three contrasting personalities: Braddock, Baer and Braddock's manager. Enjoyed the movie and the book equally. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karl | 1/31/2012

    " A great book about a great story...almost too good to be true. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan | 1/16/2012

    " if you like a good underdog tale, thats not a hollywood hash-up then you might like this story. A must for boxing enthusists "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 5/31/2010

    " I'd already seen the movie, so I knew the basic story. But since I'm currently heavily interested in boxing, I decided I'd read the book too. I really enjoyed it. Schaap does a great job keeping the narrative moving. This is a fantastic story, and Schaap tells it well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marc | 4/2/2010

    " This wa an excellent look into the life of the greatest American Olympian ever. Both his time at the Olympics and also the reality of life in the early to mid 1900's as a black man.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corinne | 8/26/2008

    " Great book about the good guys winning and athletes celebrating the Olympic spirit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Georgia | 7/3/2008

    " A good read that both profiles the life of Jesse Owens and his rise to become an olympian and the politics of Hitler's Olympics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jumpback! | 3/16/2008

    " Excellent account of the lead-up to the 1936 Berlin Olympics "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 3/15/2008

    " Really intriguing telling of the story. "

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About the Author
Author Jeremy Schaap

Jeremy Schaap is an American sportswriter, television reporter, and author. Schaap is a six-time Emmy award winner for his work on ESPN’s E:60, SportsCenter and Outside the Lines. He is a regular contributor to Nightline and ABC World News Tonight and has been published in Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, Time, Parade, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. A native and resident of New York City, Schaap is the author of Cinderella Man: James J. Braddock, Max Baer, and the Greatest Upset in Boxing History, a New York Times bestseller, and Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics.