A Fighter's Heart: One Man's Journey Through the World of Fighting

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Feb 19, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 320 pages
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In 1999, after a series of wildly adventurous jobs around the world, Sam Sheridan found himself in Australia, loaded with cash and intent on not working until he’d spent it all. It occurred to him that, without distractions, he could finally indulge a long-dormant obsession:  fighting. Within a year, he was in Bangkok training with the greatest fighter in muay Thai (Thai kickboxing) history and stepping through the ropes for a professional bout. That one fight wasn’t enough. Sheridan set out to test himself on an epic journey into how and why we fight, facing Olympic boxers, Brazilian jiu-jitsu stars, and Ultimate Fighting champions. Along the way, Sheridan delivers an insightful look at violence as a career and a spectator sport, a behind-the-pageantry glimpse of athletes at the top of their terrifying game.  An extraordinary combination of gonzo journalism and participatory sports writing, A Fighter’s Heart is a dizzying first-hand account of what it’s like to reach the peak of finely disciplined personal aggression, to hit—and be hit.
 

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User Review  - keneumey - LibraryThing

I agree with the reviews that say this book needed an editor. Ideas are repeated just a few pages apart in paragraphs worded slightly differently. Sheridan offers a lot of insight about mixed martial ... Read full review

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User Review  - NicolBolas - LibraryThing

I loved this book. I felt like I was reading a book about what I could have done. Sheridan’s will to fight was intriguing. I found myself captivated by the experiences, won over (in most parts) by the ... Read full review

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Sam Sheridan joined the U.S. Merchant Marines after high school and then attended Harvard College, from which he graduated in 1998. He has written for Men's Journal and Newsweek. This is his first book.

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