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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Refreshingly Objective 23 janvier 2014
Par Kevin R. Smith - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
An excellent work--the best boxing book I have read in many years. Adam's approach has always been good, but Johnson has always been such an enigma that his style in this case, works remarkably well for fleshing out the bull. I have read every book ever written on Johnson(even involved in the Unforgivable Blackness project), watched every documentary, read hundreds of fight reports and newspaper stories on him and I can honestly say that this book has given me a new appreciation for the man. And for the first time I feel like I have true grip on his fighting career and just how good this guy was--not to mention the enormous courage and self confidence he had. Again, this is not a re-hash of everything your have already read on Johnson---it is a fresh, inspired effort that deals in facts and facts alone. Great job Adam. I personally thank you for this volume and state emphatically that it is a must have addition to any boxing fan, or historian's, library
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Thorough for boxing buffs and engaging for the rest of us 17 janvier 2014
Par Anniebow - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Pollack's latest book is worth its weight. As a historian, he errs on the side of thorough, covering Johnson's career in great detail. The book offers multiple perspectives--white, black, American, and international--and through all of these, the reader really gets an authentic look at his life and times. Pollack definitely gets that two people can watch the same fight and walk away with entirely different conclusions. 'In the Ring with Jack Johnson' offers a glimpse into an athlete's psyche--fears, motivations, strengths and weakness--and not just Jack's but also all the guys fighting him. Race, money, fights, controversy...this book has all of it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another outstanding entry in Pollack's series of Boxing Biographies. 17 janvier 2014
Par Robert P. Lancaster - Publié sur
Format: Relié
'In the Ring with Jack Johnson Part I: the Rise' is the seventh entry in an outstanding series of books by Adam Pollack, each focusing upon the boxing career of a heavyweight champion -- Pollack's previous books have had, as their subjects, John L. Sullivan, Jim Corbett, Bob Fitzsimmons, James J. Jeffries, Marvin Hart, and Tommy Burns. All these boxing biographies are exhaustively researched, relying primarily opun first hand accounts when reporting the boxers contests; Pollack also does a good job of digging up photographs and illustrations contemporaneous with his subjects.
The previous entrees have covered the boxers careers from begining up to the point they lost -- or, in Jeffries case, relinquished -- their heavyweight titles. (Pollack does try to cover historically post-championship bouts of his subjects in subsequent books of the series). 'In the Ring with Jack Johnson Part I' -- due no doubt to the mass of information Pollack has uncovered -- departs from this structure slightly, covering Johnsons career from start to the immediate aftermath of his winning the title from Tommy Burns. Even so, the book runs to over 700 pages. (Needless to say, I eagerly await the release of 'In the Ring with Jack Johnson Part 2: the Reign').
Pollack's books are boxing biographies. Their particular focus is the boxing contests, with a great deal of coverage as well given to match-making and the boxers preperations. Pollack also (in all of his books) gives coverage to social and legal factors influencing (often heavily) the boxers careers. Pollack is an ideal writer on the subject of the legalities of boxing, as he is a professional lawyer who is also significantly involved with organized boxing. Pollack is also knowledgeable regarding the social and -- particularly, but not exlusively, relevant to his 'Johnson' entrees -- racial attitudes of the time, both internationally, nationally to the United States, regionally within the USA, and also within the broad sporting community (boxers, trainers and managers, promoters, and journalists).
As a boxer, Jack Johnson was, and to some extent remains, an enigmatic figure. It's a generalization to say that he tended to be safety first, and sometimes seemed to do just about enough to win and to discourage his opponents from getting frisky; but there was sometimes justice in this view. He didn't always perform in a crowd pleasing manner, sometimes didn't seem to be exerting himself, and also was a fellow who was very difficult to look good against -- that last sometimes being interpretted to Johnson's disadvantage (i.e., people thought Johnson won because the other boxer was undistinguished, rather than holding that Johnson was so good he made other fighters look ineffectual). It was hard to guage Johnson: once he'd matured as a fighter he rarely if ever seemd pressed to his limits, so it was hard to say just what those limits were.
Granted that Johnson had a manner of fighting which tended to shroud is exact abilities, Pollack gives us as much information as to Johnson's (and his opponents) performances as we're liable to have at this time, and is sometimes as probing regarding Johnson's journalistic exponents and naysayers as he is regarding the fighters themselves.
[It seems to me that, around 1907, Johnson began to fight in a way that was more active yet still defensively secure. Notable white contenders, such as Al Kaufmann and Bill Squires, who might have done much to build (Kaufmann) or restore (Squires) a reputation by besting Johnson, were conspicuously averse to any talk of meeting Jack. Sports media began to relent a bit from talk of Johnson having a yellow streak. The book ends with Johnson's preeminence among contemporary heavyweights generally acknowledged, those having viewed his controlled, secure and steady dismantling of champion Tommy Burns having difficulty imagining any active boxer wresting the title from Johnson].
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Perfect! 1 juin 2014
Par Michael A. Vogt - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
As expected, Adam Pollack has delivered a boxing tome as effective and as accurate as a Johnson uppercut. First, look at the cover.. half black and half white with Johnson standing on the color line with arms folded. Very compelling.

What I find most fascinating about this book is that Pollack intersperses various news accounts of lynching, riots, racial disharmony and prejudice in-between accounts of Johnson's bouts. This allows the reader to have a sense of what the world was like during Johnson's time as a boxer.

Pollack also analyzes each bout. He provides various and sometimes conflicting views that were published at the time of the fights and after the fights concluded.

Johnson often had to decide whether it was better to fight cautiously and win on points versus dominating a fight and perhaps scaring of contenders for future bouts. It also becomes apparent that Johnson improved steadily from early in his career until he reached his prime. He aged like a fine wine.

This book is a must have for your personal library. As I read it, I felt transported back to those times, to a world so different from our own. No 24 hour sports channels, no cell phone, you tube or even radio. You were either at the bout or you read about it.

Thank you Mr. Pollack for another great book and I am looking forward to the next edition.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent Work By Adam Pollack !! 20 mai 2014
Par Tracy G. Callis, Boxing Historian - Publié sur
Format: Relié
This is an outstanding work by Adam Pollack who is famous for his detailed, well-researched and well-written books on the early heavyweight champions. Adam has gone through as many local newspapers as he could obtain in gleaning out the true facts about Johnson - related to his personal life and his ring contests. The skills and confidence of the great warrior are evident as well as the challenges he faced and courage he displayed. Time will prove this book to be the "authoritative word" on the early years of Jack Johnson. Mr. Pollack writes well - the book reads easily and moves along smoothly. One experiences different perspectives of Jack Johnson - as a person and as a fighter - close up and from a distance. A nice selection of old photo images are included which supplement and enhance the reading. We eagerly await Adam's follow-up work on Johnson's career. This book is outstanding and is highly, highly recommended!
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