The Hardest Game

Hugh McIlvanney

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The Hardest Game

The Hardest Game Thirty years of ringside reporting from one of the world s most honored sportswritersA living legend on both sides of the Atlantic British sportswriter Hugh McIlvanney is best known for his incisive

  • Title: The Hardest Game
  • Author: Hugh McIlvanney
  • ISBN: 9780658021541
  • Page: 494
  • Format: Paperback
  • Thirty years of ringside reporting from one of the world s most honored sportswritersA living legend on both sides of the Atlantic, British sportswriter Hugh McIlvanney is best known for his incisive ringside boxing commentaries Employing a writing style as muscular as it is graceful, McIlvanney never fails to infect the reader with his enthusiasm and sense of awe for theThirty years of ringside reporting from one of the world s most honored sportswritersA living legend on both sides of the Atlantic, British sportswriter Hugh McIlvanney is best known for his incisive ringside boxing commentaries Employing a writing style as muscular as it is graceful, McIlvanney never fails to infect the reader with his enthusiasm and sense of awe for the sport, while at the same time revealing the deeper truths at work in all such extreme expressions of human will and physical prowess As one critic put it, The genius of McIlvanney is his ability to magnify and precisely delineate those elements of sport that contain fundamental truths about the human condition First published in 1983 to great acclaim, this sport classic is reprinted with the addition of recent dispatches to span 30 years of ringside reporting The Hardest Game includes McIlvanney s commentaries on such immortal bouts as The Rumble in the Jungle Foreman vs Ali, Zaire, 1974 and The Thriller in Manila Ali vs Frazier, Philippines, 1975 , and the most memorable fights in the careers of Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, and others Anyone who admires writing as muscular as it is graceful should buy this book The Daily Telegraph

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    1. Martin Mulcahey on said:

      My favorite writer on boxing, whose prose is simultaneously vivid and insightful. The Hardest Game is masterful for its muscular, descriptive prose, keeping me company on more than a few trips. Every time I need an inspirational injection for my own writing, from an unquestioned master of the craft, all I need to do is read a few paragraphs of this work. Here is a quick peek at McIlvanney’s take on Carlos Monzon. “There is a frightening strength in the elasticity of those long muscles. Monzo [...]

    2. Bax on said:

      Outstanding collection of essays by an acute observer of the sport.The section on Ali's career is the best short form summary availableThe rest of the book is equally well constructed and compelling, and his two essays on Johnny Owen should be required reading for everyone, not just fans (and critics) of the sport.

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