Do-gooders often do bad

29 July 2015 - 02:09 By Andrew Donaldson

The boxing book to look out for Bouts of Mania: Ali, Frazier, Foreman and an America on the Ropes by Richard Hoffer (Aurum Press) R220Hoffer, an award-winning sports writer, gives us a gripping, intelligent book about what many call boxing's golden age. It's the tale of three men and three brutal fights in the 1970s, but seen in context of the era's political upheavals and the US's psychological crises: Vietnam, Watergate, Harlem and Watts.

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