Cinderella Man: James J. Braddock, Max Baer, and the Greatest Upset in Boxing History

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HMH, Jul 27, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 336 pages
New York Times Bestseller: This true Depression-era story of a down-and-out fighter’s dramatic comeback is “a delight” (David Halberstam).
James J. Braddock was a once promising light heavyweight. But a string of losses in the ring and a broken right hand happened to coincide with the Great Crash of 1929—and Braddock was forced to labor on the docks of Hoboken. Only his manager, Joe Gould, still believed in him.
Gould looked out for the burly, quiet Irishman, finding matches for Braddock to help him feed his wife and children. Together, they were about to stage the greatest comeback in fighting history. Within twelve months, Braddock went from being on the relief rolls to facing heavyweight champion Max Baer, renowned for having allegedly killed two men in the ring. A brash Jewish boxer from the West Coast, Baer was heavily favored—but Braddock carried the hopes and dreams of the working class on his shoulders, and when he emerged victorious against all odds, the shock was palpable—and the cheers were deafening. In the wake of his surprise win, Damon Runyon dubbed him “Cinderella Man.”
Against the gritty backdrop of the 1930s, Cinderella Man brings this dramatic all-American story to life, telling a classic David and Goliath tale that transcends the sport.
“A punchy read with touches of humor.” —The New York Times
“A wonderful, thrilling boxing story, and simultaneously a meticulous look at Depression life.” —Jimmy Breslin

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User Review  - EstherReader - LibraryThing

Inspiring story of James J Braddock, the boxer who went from begging for work on the docks of New York to contesting the world heavy-weight championship in 4 fights in 1935. Very inspiring story, not ... Read full review

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User Review  - ursula - LibraryThing

A solid telling of the life of Jim Braddock. More balanced in the portrayal of Max Baer than in the movie, though Braddock comes across as just as much of a nice guy. Read full review


1 Corn and Hash
2 The Battle of Nurges Field
3 The Meat Inspector
4 The Livermore Butcher Boy
5 Spooked by the Phantom
6 The Great White Way
7 The Crash and the Jinx
8 The Lord of the Jungle
13 King Max
14 A Shot at Lasky
15 The Peoples Choice
16 Homicide Hall
17 A Stout Heart
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9 Star of David
10 On the Waterfront
11 Last One Ups a Sissy
12 Another Upset
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Jeremy Schaap is the author of the New York Times bestseller Cinderella Man. An ESPN anchor and national correspondent, his work has been published in Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, Time, Parade, TV Guide, and the New York Times. He has also appeared on ABC's World News Tonight and the CBS Evening News. He is the son of the award-winning journalist Dick Schaap.

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