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From the bestselling author, an insiderís look into a year of ďthe sweet scienceĒ

The Boxing Scene

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Thomas Hauser

Thomas Hauser has been called ďone of boxingís greatest writers". The Boxing Scene, Hauserís provocative new anthology, contains all of his trademark insights and candor as he peels away layers of hypocrisy to reveal the men who make up the contemporary boxing landscape.

Hauser exposes the inner workings of HBO Sports; examines the phenomenon of mixed martial arts as it relates to boxing; and records the amusing encounter between his 81-year-old mother and larger-than-life boxing impresario Don King. The Boxing Scene also updates Hauserís personal and professional thoughts on superstars like Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, and Bernard Hopkins as well as fight promoter Bob Arum, announcer Bob Sheridan and a host of others.

The Boxing Scene recreates another year in professional boxing and adds to Hauserís definitive record of the sport.

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Reviews

"Thomas Hauser is back with his latest compilation of boxing features and columns, this one entitled 'The Boxing Scene'. The boxing insiderís insider, Hauser continues to amaze with hard-hitting pieces that get right to the heart of this sometimes seedy business. But itís not all doom and gloom, as evidenced by in-depth looks at John Duddy, Kelly Pavlik, Bernard Hopkins, and Miguel Cotto, along with more lighthearted pieces such as those on press conference food spreads and the time Hauserís mother met Don King. While you may not always agree with his take on things (I particularly take issue with his piece on mixed martial arts), you will always be captivated by his work. Highly recommended."
Maxboxing.com

"[Hauser's] fascination with boxing began in the late 1970s.... What draws him to the fight game is his fascination with the people who populate the business: fighters, trainers, promoters, broadcasters, and even strippers, one of whom, Tempest Storm, a sharecropper's daughter who counts Elvis and JFK among her lovers, is the subject of one of this volume's most affecting profiles.... Hauser remains one of the best [boxing writers]...this volume...[is] damn good."
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About the Author(s)

Thomas Hauser is the author of 36 books, including Missing, which served as the basis for the Academy Award-winning film: Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times; and co-author (with Ali) of Healing: A Journal of Tolerance and Understanding. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the prestigious Prix Lafayette Award, the William Hill Book of the Year Award and the Nat Fleischer Award for Career Excellence in Boxing Journalism. He has written articles for The New Yorker, The New York Times and numerous other publications.

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Sports
General Interest
African American Studies


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