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Counterpunch
Counterpunch

Counterpunch

Ali, Tyson, the Brown Bomber, and Other Stories of the Boxing Ring
By Ira Berkow

SPORTS & RECREATION

304 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $18.95)

ISBN 9781600789731

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (May 2014)

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Overview

Spanning the period between 1967 and 2005, this compilation includes 84 of Pulitzer Prize–winning author Ira Berkow’s columns on boxing. Readers will meet some of the greatest names in the sport’s history in the pages of this book, including Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Joe Louis, and Mike Tyson. Among the unforgettable stories gathered in this collection are the heated rivalry between Ali and “Smokin’ Joe” Frazier, Tyson’s infamous “Bite Fight” in 1997, and the will-he-or-won’t-he retirement saga of Sugar Ray Leonard. Written in Berkow’s gripping prose, the columns included in Counterpunch chronicle the most important moments in boxing over the last four decades.

Author Biography

Ira Berkow is a former sports columnist and feature writer for the New York Times, where he worked for more than 25 years. He shared the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2001 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer for commentary in 1988. He is the author of more than 20 books, including Rockin’ Steady: A Guide to Basketball and Cool, and the bestsellers Maxwell Street: Survival in a Bazaar and Red: A Biography of Red Smith. He is the coauthor and editor of Hank Greenberg: The Story of My Life, which was a primary source for the award-winning documentary The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg. He lives in New York City.

Media

Counterpunch was positively reviewed on April 25, 2014 in The Record & Herald News.
Counterpunch was positively reviewed on May 11, 2014 in the Observer-Dispatch.
Counterpunch was excerpted on May 12, 2014 on ThePostGame, a Yahoo! Sports affiliate.  
Counterpunch was positively reviewed on June 3, 2014 on the website for Newsday.
Ira Berkow discussed Counterpunch during his interview on August 15, 2014 on "The Sporting Life" on ESPN Radio

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Counterpunch:  

Ali, Tyson, the Brown Bomber, and Other Stories of the Boxing Ring

By Ira Berkow, Foreword by Jeremy Schaap


“Ira Berkow is among the best – a Sondheim of the sports page.” - George Will

 

In feature stories and his “Sports of the Times” column for The New York Times, Ira Berkow intimately covered boxing, interviewing some of the best fighters in the sport’s history and writing about them with his signature warm and personal prose. From memories of Muhammad Ali, Joe Louis and Jack Dempsey to reflections on Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather, Berkow has reported on many of the boxing greats first-hand and focused on the special significance that boxing has had on American culture.

 

Counterpunch: Ali, Tyson, the Brown Bomber, and Other Stories of the Boxing Ring (Triumph Books, May 2014) by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ira Berkow combines the best of over 40 years of his boxing coverage for the first time and brings together some of the most inspired sports writing about:

 

  • The heated and unforgettable rivalry between Ali and “Smokin” Joe Frazier
  • One of the most shocking moments in the history of boxing: Tyson’s “Bite Fight”
  • The seemingly never-ending will-he-or-won’t-he retirement saga of Sugar Ray Leonard
  • Profiles of some of the most influential boxing figures outside the ring, such as Don King, Cus D’Amato, Angelo Dundee and more

 

Berkow writes with heart, candor and insight in Counterpunch, a collection that will inform and entertain die-hard boxing fans and sports lovers alike. 

 

About the Author:

Ira Berkow is a former sports columnist and feature writer for the New York Times for more than 25 years. He shared the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2001 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer for commentary in 1988. He is the author of more than 20 books, including Rockin’ Steady: A Guide to Basketball and Cool, and the bestsellers Maxwell Street: Survival in a Bazaar and Red: A Biography of Red Smith. He lives in New York City.

 

Contact: Josh Williams - Triumph Books - 312.568.5404 - j.williams@triumphbooks.com

 

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