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Shadow Box

Shadow Box

An Amateur in the Ring

George Plimpton makes his riskiest foray into participatory journalism–stepping into the ring against a champion boxer–in SHADOW BOX, now repackaged and including never-before-seen content from the Plimpton archives.

Stepping into the ring against light-heavyweight champion Archie Moore, George Plimpton pauses to wonder what ever induced him to become a participatory journalist. Bloodied but unbowed, he holds his own in the bout–and lives to tell, in this timeless book on boxing and its devotees, among them Ali, Joe Frazier, Ernest Hemingway, and Norman Mailer.

SHADOW BOX is one of Plimpton’s most engaging studies of professional sport, told through the eyes of an inquisitive and astute amateur. From the gym, the locker room, ringside, and even in the harsh glare of the ring itself, Plimpton documents what it is like to be a boxer, an artist of mayhem.

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Genre: Nonfiction / Sports & Recreation / Boxing

On Sale: April 26th 2016

Price: $12.99 / $16.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 368

ISBN-13: 9780316326537

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Praise

"Excellent sports reporting. The chapters on Muhammad Ali are delightful, and Ali is not easy to write about."—Time

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"A delight--more entertaining, if possible, than I remembered... the reader leaves George Plimpton's wide world of sports with deep reluctance.... His prose is as elegant and seemingly effortless as Ted Williams's swing or an Arnold Palmer iron shot.... His teammates recede--like the old baseball players vanishing into the cornfield in Field of Dreams, taking their magical world with them but living on in fond memory."—Edward Kosner, Wall Street Journal

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"Sports memoirs, like humor collections, rarely outlive their authors, but Plimpton's books have aged gracefully and even matured. Today they have the additional (and unintended) appeal of vivid history, bearing witness to a mythical era."—Nathaniel Rich, New York Review of Books

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