Synopses & Reviews
From 1919 to 1927, Jack Dempsey was the heavyweight champion of the world. With his fierce good looks and matchless dedication to the kill, he was a fighter perfectly suited to the Roaring '20s. In A Flame of Pure Fire, award-winning and renowned sports writer Roger Kahn, a personal friend of Dempsey's, tells the extraordinary story of a man and a country growing to maturity in a blaze of strength and exuberance. With passion and precision, Kahn not only chronicles the thrilling, brutal bouts of the "Manassa Mauler" but also illustrates how the wild and raucous 1920s shaped Dempsey, and how the champ, in turn, left an indelible mark on sports and American history. An accomplished and insightful observation on how sports can measure a society's evolution, Roger Kahn finds the heart of America in the story of the most famous athlete of his time, the man John Lardner once called "a flame of pure fire, at last a hero."
"One doesn't have to be a fan of boxing to be enthralled by this story of a nice guy who didn't finish last."and#8212;The New Yorker
"An intoxicating panoply of legends and heroes, surely one of the most solid and delightful sporting histories of recent times."and#8212;Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
An award-winning sports writer and friend of Dempsey's tells the extraordinary story the heavyweight champion of the world from 1919 to 1927. Kahn not only chronicles the brutal bouts of the "Manassa Mauler" but also illustrates how the raucous 1920s shaped Dempsey and the mark he left on American history. Two 8-page photo inserts.
About the Author
Widely acclaimed as the greatest baseball writer of his generation, Roger Kahn
is most famous for his modern classic, The Boys of Summer
, which James Michener called the finest American book on sports. Kahn is the author of 16 books, most recently The Head Game
, Baseball Seen from the Pitchersand#8217; Mound
. His magazine articles won five Dutton Best Magazine Story Awards and his book The Era: When the Yankees Dodgers and Giants Ruled the World
was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Born in Brooklyn, he now lives in Stone Ridge, N.Y. with his wife, the psychotherapist Katharine Colt Johnson.