Jacobs Beach: The Mob, the Garden & the Golden Age of Boxing (eBook)

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“Brings to life the fight world of that era. Mr. Mitchell’s account is full of memorably drawn scenes, and the stories we haven’t heard before make Jacobs Beach a cigar-chomping read.”—Wall Street Journal


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Jacobs Beach, by Guardian writer Kevin Mitchell, takes a fascinating, noirish look at boxing and its underbelly in New York in the 1940s and 1950s.

New York at that time was arguably the most interesting and vibrant city in the world. As American culture burst to life— creating television, beatniks, rock ‘n roll, Marilyn, Elvis, and Cold War paranoia—New York was its epicenter.

And New York contributed a couple of other things too: one bloody and brutal but the king of sports, and the other simply bloody and brutal. The 1940s and 1950s were boxing’s last real heyday. Never again would the sport be so glamorous or so popular. And that’s where New York’s other gift to the world—the Mob—came in.

This revised edition includes a foreword by Mike Stanton, bestselling author of Unbeaten: Rocky Marciano’s Fight for Perfection in a Crooked World (Henry Holt, 2018).

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