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Siler offers a rare insight into the middling days of boxing. His humor and intimate familiarity with the culture make the book a unique read. The veracity of some of his stories may be doubted, as all interactions involving Siler himself are decidedly slanted in his own favor. With that said, Siler paints an entertaining picture of himself as a cool, sharp referee whose methods (in any capacity) are far superior to any others. The tales he offers of his and others' experiences are laced with jargon and dialects that make one appreciate the atmosphere of the time. The later portion of the book chronicles historical fights and loses much of the voice that makes the earlier chunk so compelling. The historical relevance of these chapters to the sport is likely important, but as a matter of taste, Siler's own intriguing, nonfictional narrative fizzles out into a journalistic play-by-play. With that said, I wholly recommend reading the first seventy-five percent of the book -- plus the treat that is Siler's version of a glossary, which insists on defining terms like, "skied the towel" and "going around him like a cooper goes around a barrel."