Rocky Marciano: The Rock of His Times

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University of Illinois Press, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
In this captivating and complex portrait of an American sports legend, Russell Sullivan confirms Rocky Marciano's place as a symbol and cultural icon of his era. As much as he embodied the wholesome, rags-to-riches patriotism of a true American hero, he also reflected the racial and ethnic tensions festering behind the country's benevolent facade.
Spirited, fast-paced, and rich in detail, Rocky Marciano is the first book to place the boxer in the context of his times. Capturing his athletic accomplishments against the colorful backdrop of the 1950s fight scene, Sullivan examines how Marciano's career reflected the glamour and scandal of boxing as well as tenor of his times.

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Ask the average boxing fan who were the greatest heavyweight champions, and chances are that names such as Louis, Ali, and Dempsey will quickly pop up. Some who fancy themselves historians might chime ... Read full review

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This Informative/ Biography is about the life of the legendary boxer Rocky Marciano. This mid nineteen century notorious sports figured was one of the most courageous and humble athletes of his time. This autobiography portrait an American icon through the challenges he face on a every day life as a boxer who is defeating his competition on his way to a record setting 49 – 0. This read is a good read for any upper elementary to high school student. The book shows real life pictures of people and rocky Marciano’s fight events and rare pictures of the notorious boxer behind close doors.  


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Russell Sullivan lives in the Boston area and is senior vice president and general counsel of Linkage, Inc., a corporate education company headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of several books and articles on business-related topics.

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