Blood Season: Mike Tyson and the World of Boxing

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Morrow, 1989 - Sports & Recreation - 318 pages
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Few stories in the real world are as dramatic as the rise and fall and rise of Mike Tyson. As former boxing correspondent for the N. Y. Times, Phil Berger had access to Tyson and his handlers as has no other journalist. He gives an intimate portrait of this superstar, someone he regards as a dangerously violent man who has as many people trying to get their hooks into him as he has millions. Berger chronicles the writers, sharpies and showmen who are the best and worst of boxing. He writes about the leading heavyweights of the years since Muhammad Ali, and of course the powers behind the sport - businessmen like Donald Trump and Don King, who are in their way as bloodthirsty and money-hungry as the fighters they manipulate. Including an update on Tyson's conviction for rape and an assessment of his postprison career.

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A New York Times boxing writer offers an inside look at the contemporary fight scene, concentrating on the heavyweight division and the meteroic career of Mike Tyson. As Berger describes it, the sport ... Read full review


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Phil Berger, 1943 - 2001 Phil Berger was born in 1943 in Brooklyn, New York, but raised in Stamford, Connecticut. He graduated with a BA from Johns Hopkins University in 1964 and a Master's degree in Creative Writing from Hollins College in 1965. He was best known for his books on sports and the sports industry, particularly basketball and boxing. After graduating college, Berger began his career as a reporter at The Greenwich (Conn.) Times, then moved on to an associate editor position at Sport magazine. In 1986, after freelancing for a number of years, Berger became part of the New York Times reporting team. It was there that he discovered his love for boxing and basketball could be put to good use. While acting as a boxing reporter from 1986 to 1992, Berger wrote more than a dozen books, as well as a screenplay about boxing. Berger's books were written in the spirit of sports, including titles such as "Knight Fall: The True Story Behind America's Most Controversial Coach, a story about basketball, and "Punch Lines: Berger on Boxing". He also wrote about comedy and mystery, as well as his job as a sportswriter for the Times. Phil Berger died of colon cancer on March 12, 2001 at his home in Jackson Heights, Queens New York at the age of 58.

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