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Pound for Pound : A Biography of Sugar Ray Robinson :  A Biography of Sugar Ray Robinson - Herb Boyd

Pound for Pound : A Biography of Sugar Ray Robinson

A Biography of Sugar Ray Robinson

Paperback Published: March 2006
ISBN: 9780060934385
Number Of Pages: 336

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Hailed by critics as a long overdue portrait of Sugar Ray Robinson, a man who was as elusive out of the ring as he was magisterial in it, "Pound for Pound" is a lively and nuanced profile of an athlete who is arguably the best boxer the sport has ever known. So great were Robinson's skills, he was eulogized by Woody Allen, compared to Joe Louis, and praised by Muhammad Ali, who called him "the king, the master, my idol." But the same discipline that Robinson brought to the sport eluded him at home, leading him to emotionally and physically abuse his family -- particularly his wife, the gorgeous dancer Edna Mae, whose entrepreneurial skills helped Robinson build an empire to which Harlemites were inexorably drawn. Exposing Robinson's flaws as well as putting his career in the context of his life and times, renowned journalist and bestselling author Herb Boyd, with Ray Robinson II, tells for the first time the full story of a complex man and sport-altering athlete.

"Admiring biography that neither glosses over nor dwells on [Ray's] not-always-great behavior outside the ring." -- Kirkus Reviews
"A rich history of the athlete, the man, the sport and a fascinating time in African American history." -- Ebony
"An informative account of the life of Hollywood-handsome middleweight champion Sugar Ray Robison." -- Essence
"A nuanced, sensitive, critical, and definitive biography of arguably the greatest boxer of all time." -- --Kevin Powell, author of Who's Gonna Take the Weight? Manhood, Race, and Power in America

Forewordp. xi
Prologuep. 1
From Red Clay to Black Bottomp. 7
Street Dancer from Hell's Kitchenp. 17
A Home in Harlemp. 21
The Crescent's Starp. 25
The Man with the Golden Glovesp. 32
Punching for Payp. 40
Sugar Ray and Edna Maep. 49
The Matador and the Bullp. 62
From Silk to Olive Drabp. 67
Champion at Last!p. 78
A Dreadful Dreamp. 87
A Brown Baby and a Pink Cadillacp. 92
"Le Sucre Merveilleux" in Parisp. 104
The St. Valentine's Day Massacrep. 114
It's Turpin Timep. 120
Bumpy, Bobo, and Rockyp. 133
Take It to the Maximp. 139
Top Hat and Tailsp. 145
Return to the Ringp. 157
The Perfect Punchp. 173
Broke!p. 179
Sugar's Dilemmasp. 186
Millie and the Mormonp. 199
Mexican Divorceep. 208
The Other Womanp. 217
Alip. 223
Up Against the Mobp. 230
A Bloody Bridegroomp. 237
Pound for Poundp. 241
Lord of the Ringp. 253
The Final Bellp. 263
Epiloguep. 268
Sugar's Ring Recordp. 277
Interviewsp. 288
Notesp. 289
Bibliographyp. 298
Indexp. 302
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ISBN: 9780060934385
ISBN-10: 0060934387
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: March 2006
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.6 x 15.6  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.29