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A Flame of Pure Fire: Jack Dempsey and the Roaring '20s Format Kindle

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Longueur : 496 pages Word Wise: Activé Composition améliorée: Activé
Langue : Anglais

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"One doesn't have to be a fan of boxing to be enthralled by this story of a nice guy who didn't finish last."—The New Yorker
"An intoxicating panoply of legends and heroes, surely one of the most solid and delightful sporting histories of recent times."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Jack Dempsey was perfectly suited to the time in which he fought, the time when the United States first felt the throb of its own overwhelming power. For eight years and two months after World War I, Dempsey, with his fierce good looks and matchless dedication to the kill, was heavyweight champion of the world. A Flame of Pure Fire is the extraordinary story of a man and a country growing to maturity in a blaze of strength and exuberance that nearly burned them to ash. Hobo, roughneck, fighter, lover, millionaire, movie star, and, finally, a gentleman of rare generosity and sincerity, Dempsey embodied an America grappling with the confusing demands of preeminence. Dempsey lived a life that touched every part of the American experience in the first half of the twentieth century. Roger Kahn, one of our preeminent writers about the human side of sport, has found in Dempsey a subject that matches his own manifold talents. A friend of Dempsey's and an insightful observer of the ways in which sport can measure a society's evolution, Kahn reaches a new and exciting stage in his acclaimed career with this book. In the story of a man John Lardner called "a flame of pure fire, at last a hero," Roger Kahn finds the heart of America.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1913 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 496 pages
  • Editeur : Mariner Books; Édition : Reprint (28 novembre 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00BE64WV2
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Excellent snapshot of an era, not just about boxing, a brutal spot the book describes vividly, but the speakeasies, politics and corruption . Kahn deserves reputation as on of the great sportswriters, and Dempsey as an authentic champion..
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This is an interesting insight about the champ's life, although it describes a tad too much the general context and lacks a bit of technicality in the description of the bouts, styles, etc...
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HASH(0x937e8c78) étoiles sur 5 Another Gem From Roger Kahn 2 novembre 2000
Par Bill Emblom - Publié sur
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I have to admit that I am a special fan of Roger Kahn's writings, especially his books on baseball. I don't claim to be a boxing fan, but, as the author said, more than enough has been written on Babe Ruth and not enough on Jack Dempsey. Kahn gives descriptive accounts on Dempsey's bouts with Jess Willard, Georges Carpentier, Gene Tunney, Luis Firpo, and others. The 1920's has often been called The Golden Age of Sports and the author enlightens the reader with happenings from the political and social world of the '20's as well. The great sports writers of the period such as Haywood Hale Broun, Paul Gallico, Grantland Rice, Ring Lardner, and William O. McGeehan are all here as well. In reviewing the Demspey/Tunney fight in Chicago it is interesting to note that Kahn says, "I am looking at a crooked referee." You do not have to be a boxing fan to enjoy the book. I am not. If, however, you enjoy American history the decade of the Roaring Twenties provided us with a cast of characters that Roger Kahn will bring back to life for you. What are you waiting for? Give yourself a treat.
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HASH(0x937e8ccc) étoiles sur 5 A great portrait of the Roaring '20s and its Champ. 2 novembre 1999
Par Kevin Mahon ( - Publié sur
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If you like sports, boxing, or history, you must read this book. If you're fascinated by the world of celebrities, read this book. Roger Kahn has put together an engaging, fast-moving biography that often reads more like a novel. His portrayal of the many colorful characters populating the boxing scene at the time is incisive and humorous. The boxing scenes are engrossing and, not knowing much about Dempsey's career, I was as enthralled and eager for the outcome as if the matches were happening today. More than the boxing, I learned that Jack Dempsey was even more of a champ outside the ring than inside it. He handled himself with class and dignity, and conducted his affairs with honesty and integrity. He also remained humble and generous throughout his life. Not what you'd expect from the most ferocious boxer in history. At his peak in the ring Dempsey was unmatched; as a celebrity he was second to none, even years after he retired. As a magnet for attention and the ability to fill an arena, Dempsey was easily the equal of modern-day stars such as Michael Jordan--if not superior. Roger Kahn brings it all to life, vividly, and for me this is an unforgettable book about an unforgettable man. Here's to the Champ!
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HASH(0x93808120) étoiles sur 5 "A gentleman and a gentle man." 18 octobre 1999
Par T. E. Vaughn - Publié sur
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For almost anyone the name Jack Dempsey is synonymous with "Champ." Born in 1895, William Harrison Dempsey came to fame in the turbulent, jingoistic, bigoted aptly named "roaring '20's." His is an authentic rags to riches saga of a young man who at 11 years of age decided he would be the heavyweight boxing champion of the world. He devoted himself full time to his chosen profession, assuming the name "Jack" from a past boxing champion that died young. Immensely strong, he worked hard at anything he did. He knew poverty, saying, "I was often a hobo, but never a bum." He literally battled his way to the top, knowing personal grief along the way, being cheated by unscrupulous managers, loving many women, marrying disasterously twice, becoming the most famous man in the world, and losing the championship in what was probably a rigged fight by the time he was 32. He maintained his dignity throughout and was as his epitaph stated, "a gentleman and a gentle man." Roger Kahn does a wonderful job of capturing Dempsey and his times. The book is not so much a biography as a history of an era, full of fascinating information. The actual fights Dempsey had play only a small part of the book, but are well presented. Kahn actually knew the champ and his respect for the man and his life show through in this very readable and worthwhile book. It deserves a wide audience. Jack Dempsey lost his championship to Gene Tunney in 1927, but he lost it with guts. His personal credo was always to fight hard, never alibi, and never whine. Not bad rules for today.
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HASH(0x938084ec) étoiles sur 5 Mesmerizing! 14 décembre 1999
Par Ed Galloway - Publié sur
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Roger Kahn has done it again! In this mesmerizing biography of Jack Dempsey, Kahn has brought back to vivid life a time in America's history that my parents and grandparents used to talk of with such fondness. I was hooked from beginning to end. This book is a must-read for not only people interested in the life of Jack Dempsey, but for anyone who longs to experience another time and place as can only be conjured up by a magical author. Surely as spellbinding as anything Kahn has written and easily the most enjoyable read I've had in a long time.  
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HASH(0x938085d0) étoiles sur 5 very readable hagiography interwoven with third rate history 16 juillet 2002
Par Jim Reed - Publié sur
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Why the biographer of a boxer with zero interest in public affairs has to climb upon his political soapbox throughout his narrative is beyond me. When not talking boxing, Kahn's analysis of the Roaring '20s has all the depth of pancake and is as predictable as that of any ideologue (in Kahn's case, a left of center ideologue.) On top of that, Kahn has an obsession with sexual matters unrelated to his subject that's just weird -- '20s hangers-on are introduced randomly throughout the book for no seeming purpose other than to comment on their bedrooms habits. Strange as this is, though, it pales in comparison to the bizarreness of Kahn's multi-page exposition halfway through the book of a fight Kahn had as a 10 year old boy in summer camp.
However, Kahn's description of Dempsey's big fights and his preparation for them is outstanding. As well, his portrayal of the rivalry between Kearns and Rickard over the right to be Dempsey's most trusted promoter gives great insight into business and entertainment environment of the '20s. Indeed, it's when Kahn sticks to boxing that he gives real insight into Dempsey's times as well as the man himself -- mention of 500 gate crashers organizing themselves to attack an arena entrance at once to flood past the helpless ticket takers provides more insight into the era than any of Kahn's embarrassingly simplistic diversions into political or social history.
A final point about objectivity. Very few human beings are as honest and decent as Dempsey is portrayed here. If this was indeed the true Dempsey, more explanation is needed about why he was a largely hated champion throughout his career (Kahn's endless attacks on "hard right conservatives" who hounded Dempsey for alleged draft dodging in World War I is too pat explanation for anybody who doesn't have their own political ax to grind.)
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