Shadow Box: An Amateur in the Ring

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Little, Brown, Apr 26, 2016 - Sports & Recreation - 368 pages
George Plimpton makes his riskiest foray into participatory journalism -- stepping into the ring against a champion boxer -- in Shadow Box, repackaged and including never-before-seen content from the Plimpton archives.

Stepping into the ring against light-heavyweight champion Archie Moore, George Plimpton pauses to wonder what ever induced him to become a participatory journalist. Bloodied but unbowed, he holds his own in the bout -- and lives to tell, in this timeless book on boxing and its devotees, among them Ali, Joe Frazier, Ernest Hemingway, and Norman Mailer.

Shadow Box is one of Plimpton's most engaging studies of professional sport, told through the eyes of an inquisitive and astute amateur. From the gym, the locker room, ringside, and even in the harsh glare of the ring itself, Plimpton documents what it is like to be a boxer, an artist of mayhem.
 

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George Plimpton was a journalist, for the New Yorker, and the NY Times. He, or his editors decided that in line with his articles that led to the book "Paper Lion" where he underwent training camp as ... Read full review

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Droll yet witty insight into professional boxing pre 1980...: George begins his book with his experience of sparring with the great Archie Moore and goes on to discuss the inside machinations/ events ... Read full review

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George Plimpton (1927-2003) was the bestselling author and editor of nearly thirty books, as well as the cofounder, publisher, and editor of the Paris Review. He wrote regularly for such magazines as Sports Illustrated and Esquire, and he appeared numerous times in films and on television.

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