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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:
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Lost in the annals of boxing is the sport's true Cinderella story. 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 of 1929. 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. The diminutive, loquacious Jew and the burly, quiet Irishman made one of boxing's oddest couples, but together they staged the greatest comeback in fighting history. In 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 charismatic, natural talent and in every way Braddock's foil, Baer was a towering opponent, a Jew from the West Coast who was famously brash and made great copy both in and out of 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 had 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. Schaap paints a vivid picture of the fight world in its golden age, populated by men of every class and ethnic background and covered voluminously by writers who elevated sports writing to art. Rich in anecdote and color, steeped in history, and full of human interest, Cinderellla 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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