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Cinderella Man: James J. Braddock, Max Baer And The Greatest Upset In Boxing History (Anglais) CD – avril 2005

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A riveting tale of perseverance in the face of hardship, Cinderella Man is the chronicle of the boxer James J. Braddock, whose exceptional story of achievement against all odds was the subject of a major motion picture. Braddock, dubbed the Cinderella Man, staged the greatest comeback in fighting history, rising in the span of twelve months from the relief rolls to a face-off against the heavyweight champion, Max Baer.

Against the gritty backdrop of Depression-era New York, Schaap paints a vivid picture of the fight world in its golden age, evoking a time when boxing resonated with a country trying desperately to get back on its feet.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Much better than the Movie, and a truly wonderful story about a wonderful human being 10 juillet 2016
Par Capricorn One - Publié sur
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Before reading this book I was vaguely familiar with James J. Braddock as someone interested in boxing, especially Heavyweights. As a side note, that essentially stopped several years ago when boxing degenerated into an alphabet soup set of "champions" and it became hard to maintain any interest in the sport, but I digress. I had seen the movie "Cinderella Man," based on this book, so I was curious about those things in Braddock's life that Movies always have to cut out, or change. So my first comment is that, as much as I liked the movie, the movie has only a slight resemblance to this real life story. Much was left out (obviously due to screen time constraints), but also much was changed. This book provides much more background and life story information about Braddock than the movie could ever show, and it's all good and written very well. The author details Braddocks struggles (and successes) not only in the ring but in life, drawn vividly against the Great Depression. Braddock was a rock solid, hard working, honest, and honorable man. He personified the Horatio Alger story, in which good things happen to those who are good people and work hard at being so. The book also serves as an in-depth reference and insight into what many call the glory years of boxing, with names like Jack Dempsey, Jim Corbett, Max Schmeling, Joe Louis, Primo Carnera, Max Baer, and others. Max Baer is portrayed completely differently than in the movie. In the movie he was a wiseguy smart aleck who had killed two men in the ring. In the book, he was basically a reasonably nice guy with immense physical gifts but very little interest in boxing. The fight between Baer and Braddock for the Heavyweight Championship is completely different than in the movie. The movie angle is admittedly more dramatic, but in reality Baer had not trained hard for the bout, aimed for a knockout in the early rounds, and Braddock stayed away from his big right hand until Baer tired after the 7th round and Braddock mounted up the points - and also gave Baer a pretty good beating. It was not a one punch fight as essentially portrayed in the movie. Braddock's story is compelling. It transcends his life from an early young light heavyweight with a strong chin, a good right hand, and not much else at 21 years old to a washed up, broken handed, on-relief dock worker at 29. But through perseverance, hard work, a love of and dedication to boxing, and a faithful manager (rare in those days, or any days) who never lost hope in him, Braddock finally got a shot again at the championship and real-life had a fairy tale ending. This is truly a 'feel good' book and story, and even better it's true. I enjoyed it immensely.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The true story of one of boxing's greatest upsets, and come-backs! 13 mars 2016
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This is the true story of one of boxing's greatest upsets, and come-backs. James Braddock was an Irish-American boxer during the era of America's Great Depression, when boxing was the country's most popular sport. In 1927, for a 30-minute fight against Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunney made $990,445, more than Babe Ruth made in 14 major league seasons.

Braddock was a good boxer, with a powerful right hand, but he did not develop his left hand until the very end of his career. He was also slow-footed, but he could take a punch. He would win a fight, then lose a few, then win one, then lose several more. His overall record was 46 wins, 23 losses, and 4 draws (ties), with 27 of his wins by knockout. This is not a stellar record (Max Baer's was 73 wins and 12 losses), but it shows Braddock's determination to persevere against all odds.

Also determined was Braddock's fiercely loyal manager and friend, Joe Gould, who doggedly pursued fight managers to get Braddock a shot at the title. He never gave up either. One year before Braddock fought Baer for the title on June 13, 1935, he had secretly been on welfare to support his wife and children. One of the best moments in this book is the type of training that Braddock did in preparing to fight Baer. He fought against 4 sparring partners who were told to not hold back. They didn't. One of them hit Braddock so hard in the side his rib was dented and separated some of the muscles underneath it. Gould and Braddock devised a plan to keep this secret from the media, so as not to inform Baer of this vulnerability. They fashioned a leather guard that Braddock wore under two layers of sweat shirts during the rest of training camp. When June 13th came around, he was in the best fighting shape of his life.

The book also helps the reader understand how Max Baer, although a supremely gifted fighter, was a reluctant boxer who once killed a boxer in the ring. He had underprepared for his fight with Braddock, and loved playing to the crowd rather than focusing on his craft. A great book.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Cinderella Story During Depression Era America 11 août 2016
Par Brad Patten - Publié sur
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Jeremy Schapp does yeoman's work in capturing the backdrop and specifics which lead to James Braddock sensational upset of Max Baer to win the world heavyweight boxing title. This event may well be the most significant upset in the history of boxing. The question is, " how did this happen?" "Cinderella Man" answers that question in spades. The book not only captures the family histories and private lives of Braddock and Baer but also their managers, agents and promoters. Schapp does a great job of capturing the impact of the economic strains and constraints of depression era America and their impact on life, sports in general and boxing in particular. If anyone likes to enjoy a really interesting, good guy story, with a happy ending "Cinderella Man" will meet you needs. A terrific read !
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A delightful read 30 juin 2013
Par Carl E. Koller Lucio - Publié sur
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"I did that on hash, Joe. Wait till you see what I can do on steak." - James Braddock, 1934, to his manager Joe Gould, after his unexpected upset in his fight against Corn Griffin (as cited in the book).

I took interest in Jimmy Braddock's fight with Max Baer and his improbable triumph because of the eponymous film, and eventually came to this book. As mostly always with a good book, there's so much more here than in a screenplay, and this book has been a marvelously pleasant find.

The story is well written, richly told and excellently paced, with an upfront, personal introduction into the heart and desperate motivations of the fighter, family-man Braddock, elicited from an early knock-down to the canvas during a particularly significant fight. Two different timelines, taking place at different times and different places, --each fighter's story-- are thread parallel to each other, with one fighter's highs and motivations contrasting ever so sharply with the other's lows and drive and inspiration, and the two are woven together leading to their confrontation on June 15, 1935 at Madison Square Garden. With subtleness, the seeds of Braddock's extraordinary professional rebound, ironically found in his down-and-out luck, permeate and color the whole book and truly leave one wondering; and then the thrill of Braddock's incredibly intense preparation for the Baer fight make for extraordinary passages towards the end of the book.

The Great Depression is no backdrop here; it's the embracing atmosphere and part of the experience. That, plus the story --the importance-- of boxing as a sport up to that time contribute to making this a great read ... particularly for a boxing fan!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great read on boxing 19 juin 2016
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Great read on an era when boxing was the greatest sport, And all of the various personalities that made it up
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