(see also Culture of Violence)
Women's Boxing (links to reading matter pro & con, including health issues).
World Boxing Association.
In the Library: Articles
Callahan, Tom. "Boxing's allure," Time (6/27/88): 66-72.
Cowart, Virginia S. "Boxing makes more headlines than usual, & a lot of the news hasn't been good," Journal American Medical Association 261,1 (1/6/89):14-17.
Dillner, L. "Boxing should be counted out, says BMA report," British Medical Journal 306,6892 (6/12/93):1561-62.
Dixon, Nicholas. "Boxing, paternalism & legal moralism," Social Theory & Practice 27,2 (4/01):323.
Enzenauer, Robert W. et al. "Boxing-related injuries in the US Army, 1980 through 1985," Journal American Medical Association 261, 10 (3/10/89):1463-67.
Gunby, Phil. "Boxing: AIDS?" Journal American Medical Association 259,11 (3/18/88):1613.
Leñero, Vicente. "Sábado de box," in his Talacha periodística (México, 1988), pp. 231-37.
McCrory, P. "Boxing & the brain," British Journal of Sports Medicine 36,1 (2/02):2.
Oates, Joyce Carol. "The man with the golden smile," NY Review (11/18/04):25-28. Review essay on Ward, Unforgivable Blackness & Johnson's place in boxing history.
Remnick, David. “The moralist,” New Yorker (7/1/02):46-53.
Van Allen, Mazurice W. & Howard Cosell. "Boxing should be banned," Saturday Evening Post (5-6/92):60-64.
Wallace-Wells, Benjamin. "Battered women: female boxing is brutal & hopeless," Washington Monthly (3/05):34-36.
In the Library: Non-Fiction Books
Ali, Muhammad with Richard Durham. The Greatest: My Own Story (NY: Random House, 1975).
Arnaud, Pierre & James Riordan (eds.) Sport & International Politics (NY: E & FN Spon, 1998).
Atyeo, Don. Blood & Guts: Violence in Sports (NY: Paddington, 1979).
Berger, Phil. Blood Season: Tyson & the World of Boxing (NY: Morrow, 1989).
Bernard, George C. The Morality of Prizefighting (Washington: Catholic U, 1952).
Blonstein, J.L. Boxing Doctor (London: S. Paul, 1965).
Bodner, Allen. When Boxing Was a Jewish Sport (Westport CT: Praeger, 1997).
Brailsford, Dennis. Bareknuckles: A Social History of Prizefighting (Cambridge: Lutterworth, 1988).
Buford, Bill. Among the Thugs (NY: Vintage Departures, 1993).
Cantu, Robert C. (ed.) Boxing & Medicine (Champaign IL: Human Kinetics, 1995).
Carpenter, Harry. Boxing: A Pictorial
History (Chicago: Regnery, 1975).
Chandler, David; John Gill, Tania Guha & Gilane Tawadros (eds.). Boxer: An Anthology of Writings on Boxing & Visual Culture (Cambridge MA, 1997).
Cohen, Leah Hagar. Without Apology: Girls, Women & the Desire to Fight (NY: Random House, 2005).
Corbett, James J. The Roar of the Crowd: The True Tale of the Rise & Fall of a Champion  (NY: Arno, 1976)
Cox, William D. (ed.) Boxing in Art & Literature (NY: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1935).
Dempsey, Jack with Myron M. Stearns. Round by Round, an Autobiography (NY: Whittlesey, 1940).
Dunning, Eric. Sport Matters: Sociological Studies of Sport, Violence, & Civilization (London: Routledge, 1999).
Early, Gerald Lyn. The Culture of Bruising: Essays on Prizefighting, Literature, & Modern American Culture (Hopewell NJ: Ecco, 1994).
__________ (ed.) The Muhammad Ali Reader (Hopewell NJ: Ecco, 1998).
Fraser, George M. Black Ajax (NY: Carroll & Graf, 1998).
Gilmore, Al-Tony. Bad Nigger! The National Impact of Jack Johnson (Port Washington NY: Kennikat, 1975).
Goldstein, Jeffrey H. (ed.) Sports Violence (NY: Springer-Verlag, 1983).
Gorn, Elliott J. The Manly Art: Bare-Knuckle Prize Fighting in America (Ithaca: Cornell, 1986).
Guttmann, Allen. Sports Spectators (NY: Columbia, 1986).
Hauser, Thomas. The Black Lights: Inside the World of Professional Boxing (NY: McGraw-Hill, 1986).
__________. A Beautiful Sickness: Reflections on the Sweet Science (Fayetteville: U. Arkansas, 2001).
Horrow, Richard B. Sports Violence: The Interaction Between Private Lawmaking & the Criminal Law (Arlington VA: Carrollton, 1980).
Isenberg, Michael T. John L. Sullivan & His America (Urbana: U. Illinois, 1986).
Kahn, Roger. A Flame of Pure Fire: Jack Dempsey & the Roaring 20s (NY: Harcourt Brace, 1999).
Lawler, Jennifer. Punch! Why Women Participate in Violent Sports (Terre Haute IN: Wish, 2002).
Leizman, Jon. Let's Kill 'em: Understanding & Controlling Violence in Sports (Lanham MD: University Press of America, 1999).
Liebling, A.J. The Sweet Science (NY: Viking, 1956).
__________. A Neutral Corner: Boxing Essays (San Francisco: North Point, 1990).
McRae, Donald. Dark Trade: Lost in Boxing (Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1996).
Mee, Bob. Bare Fists: The History of Bare-Knuckle Prize-Fighting (Woodstock NY: Overlook, 2001).
Messner, Michael A. & Donald F. Sabo. Sex, Violence & Power in Sports: Rethinking Masculinity (Freedom CA: Crossing, 1994).
Mitchell, Kevin. War, Baby: The Glamour of Violence (London: Yellow Jersey, 2001).
Newfield, Jack. Only in America: The Life & Crimes of Don King (NY: William Morrow, 1995).
Oates, Joyce Carol. On Boxing (NY: Doubleday, 1987).
__________ & Daniel Halpern (eds.) Reading the Fights (NY: Henry Holt, 1988).
Plass, Paul. The Game of Death in Ancient Rome: Arena Sport & Political Suicide (Madison: U. Wisconsin, 1995).
Ponce, Francisco. Julio César Chávez: adios a la gloria (México: Grijalbo, 2000).
Reemtsma, Jan Philipp. More than a Champion: The Style of Muhammad Ali (NY: Knopf, 1998).
Remnick, David. King of the World: Muhammad Ali & the Rise of an American Hero (NY: Random House, 1998).
Rendall, Jonathan. This Bloody Mary is the Last Thing: A Journey to the End of Boxing (Hopewell NJ: Ecco, 1998).
Riordan, James & Arnd Kruger (eds.) The International Politics of Sport in the 20th Century (NY: Routledge, 1999).
Roberts, Anthony Herber. Brain Damage in Boxers: A Study of the Prevalence of Traumatic Encephalopathy among Ex-Professional Boxers (London: Pitman Medical & Scientific, 1969).
Robinson, Sugar Ray with Dave Anderson. Sugar Ray (NY: Viking, 1970).
Sammons, Jeffrey T. Beyond the Ring: The Role of Boxing in American Society (Urbana: U. Illinois, 1988).
Sekules, Kate. The Boxer's Heart: How I Fell in Love with the Ring (NY: Villard, 2000).
Smith, Michael D. Violence & Sport (Toronto: Butterworths, 1983).
Steen, Robert. Sonny Boy: The Life & Strife of Sonny Liston (London: Methuen, 1993).
Sugden, John P. Boxing & Society: An International Analysis (Manchester: Manchester U, 1996).
Tosches, Nick. The Devil & Sonny Liston (Boston: Little, Brown, 2000).
Tunney, Gene. A Man Must Fight (NY: Houghton Mifflin, 1932).
Wacquant, Loic J.D. Corps et ame: carnets ethnographiques d'un apprenti boxeur (Montreal: Comeau & Nadeau, 2000). The author, recipient of a MacArthur Grant, has studied the social world of boxing in South Chicago.
__________. Body & Soul: Notebooks of an Apprentice Boxer (NY: Oxford, 2003)
Wallenfeldt, E.C. The Six-Minute Fraternity: The Rise & Fall of NCAA Tournament Boxing, 1932-1960 (Westport CT: Praeger, 1994).
Ward, Geoffrey C. Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise & Fall of Jack Johnson (NY: Knopf, 2004).
Wistrand, Magnus. Entertainment & Violence in Ancient Rome: The Attitudes of Roman Writers of the First Century A.D. (Goteborg: Acta Universitatis Gothoburgensis, 1992).
Yeager, Robert C. Seasons of Shame:
The New Violence in Sports (NY: McGraw-Hill, 1979).
In the Library: Fiction
Apple, Max. Zip: A Novel of the Left & the Right (NY: Viking, 1978).
Benedict, Pinckney. Dogs of God (NY: Doubleday, 1994).
Gardner, Leonard. Fat City  (Berkeley: U. California, 1996).
Kalam, Murad. Night Journey: A Novel (NY: Simon & Schuster, 2003). African American boys & boxing.
Lipsyte, Robert. The Contender (NY: Harper & Row, 1967).
London, Jack. The Game (NY: Macmillan, 1905).
__________. The Abysmal Brute  (Lincoln: U. Nebraska, 2000).
Mailer, Norman. The Fight (Boston: Little, Brown, 1975).
McNamer, Dierdre. One Sweet Quarrel: A Novel (NY: HarperCollins, 1994).
Murray, Yxta Maya. What it Takes to Get to Vegas (NY: Grove, 1999).
Phillips, Gary. Shooter's Point: A Martha Chainey Mystery (NY: Kensington, 2001).
Schulberg, Budd. The Harder They Fall  (Chicago: Ivan Dee, 1996).
__________. Sparring with Hemingway: and Other Legends of the Fight Game (Chicago: I.R. Dee, 1995).
Toole, F.X. Rope Burns: Stories from the Corner (NY: Ecco, 2000).
Zinberg, Len. Walk Hard, Talk Loud: A Novel (Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1940).
In the Library: Poetry
In the Library: Drama
Sackler, Howard. The Great White Hope: A Play (NY: Dial, 1968). White boxers striving to challenge early 20th-c. Black heavyweight champ.
In the Library: Photography
Fleischer, Nat; Sam André & Nat Loubet. A Pictorial History of Boxing (rev. ed.; NY: Hamlyn, 1981).
Film & Video:
"Body & Soul" , dir. Robert Rossen, 104 m. In video stores. Classic story of fighter working his way up by devious means, brilliantly photographed by James Wong Howe.
"The Boxer" , dir. Jim Sheridan, 114 m. In video stores.
"Broken" , dir. David Wendelman, 16m. Veteran boxer Luis Morales contemplates retirement.
"Broken Noses" , dir. Bruce Weber, 75m. In video stores.
"Campeón sin Corona" , dir. Alejandro Galindo, 110m.
"The Champ" , dir. King Vidor, 87m. Wallace Beery got an Oscar for his portrayal of a washed-up prizefighter.
"Champion" , dir. Mark Robson, 100m. In video stores. Gripping story with Kirk Douglas well-cast as the unscrupulous fighter.
"El choqui" [200?], dir. Felix Zurita, 57m. Young man living in misery seeks escape by emigrating to US with hopes of becoming a boxer.
"Cinderella Man" , dir. Ron Howard, ?m. In video stores. Story of depression-era fighter & folk hero Jim Braddock, who defeated heavyweight champ Max Baer in 1935.
"City for Conquest" , dir. Anatole Litvak, 101m. James Cagney is the boxer, devoted to a younger brother.
"Fat City" , dir. John Huston, 100m. In video stores.
"The Fighter" , dir. Herbert Kline, 78m. Richard Conte as a Mexican boxer who uses winnings to buy arms to seek revenge for his family's murder.
"The Fighter" , dir. David Lowell Rich.
"Girlfight" , dir. Karyn Kusama, 110m.
"Golden Gloves" , dir. Edward Dmytryk, 69m.
"The Harder They Fall" , dir. Mark Robson, 109m. Cruel exploitation in the "fight game.
"The Joe Louis Story" , dir. Robert Gordon, 88m.
"Let's Do It Again" , dir. Sidney Poitier, 110m. Con men use hypnotism to turn scrawny character into a boxer.
"Million Dollar Baby" , dir. Clint Eastwood, 137m. Old pro trains scrappy young woman for ring.
"On the Ropes" , dir. Nanette Burstein & Brett Morgen, 96m. Documentary on three young fighters & coach determined to guide them in positive direction.
"Raging Bull" , dir. Martin Scorsese, 129m. In video stores. Story of fighter Jake La Motta (Robert De Niro).
"Requiem for a Heavyweight" , dir. Ralph Nelson, 85m. In video stores. Devastating critique, with Anthony Quinn as a has-been fighter forced into corruption & degradation.
"Right Cross" , dir. John Sturges, 90m. In video stores.
"The Ring" , dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 73m.
"Rocky" , dir. John G. Avildsen, 125m. In video stores. Two-bit fighter Sylvester Stallone has his one shot for fame & self-respect.
"Triumph of the Spirit" , dir. Robert M. Young, 121m. In video stores.
"Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise & Fall of Jack Johnson" , dir. Ken Burns, 214m. From PBS Home Video.
"When We Were Kings" , dir. Leon Gast, 94m. Story built around 1974 Mohammed Ali vs. George Foreman bout in Kinshasa.