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by Russell Sullivan

Emerging from obscurity to win the heavyweight crown in the early 1950s, Rocky Marciano fought until 1955, retiring with a perfect 49-0 record - a feat still unmatched today. Yet as much as he embodied the wholesome, rags-to-riches patriotism of a true American hero, Marciano also reflected the racial and ethnic tensions festering beneath the country's benevolent facade. In this portrait of a complex American sports legend, Russell Sullivan confirms Rocky Marciano's place as a symbol and cultural icon of his era.
Download Rocky Marciano: The Rock of His Times (Sport and Society) epub
ISBN: 0252072626
ISBN13: 978-0252072628
Category: Sports
Subcategory: Biographies
Author: Russell Sullivan
Language: English
Publisher: University of Illinois Press; Reprint edition (April 4, 2005)
Pages: 392 pages
ePUB size: 1545 kb
FB2 size: 1694 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 991
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Rocky Marciano was a hero to my dad, so therefore has been a hero of mine since I was 13 years old. I am now 37. I was kind of afraid to read this book because I thought it might diminish the legend in my own mind. Well, it actually enhanced it!
Sullivan is no Marciano cheerleader but he does a great job of placing his achievments in their proper context. Marciano was the best heavyweight of his era by far. He beat all the top contenders no matter if we think they were over-the-hill, not that good, or whatever. Sullivan does great background on some of Marciano's oppenents; especially Walcott, Charles, La Starza, and Moore. These men were real good heavyweights. The main problem with Marciano's era was it was on the tail end of the great Joe Louis.
However Marciano was indeed an alltime great. He was perhaps the hardest puncher of all time pound for pound, he probably had the greatest stamina of any fighter ever, he could throw an inhumane amount of punches and never tire, he was only knocked down twice in his whole career{Walcott and Moore), only real hurt once(Moore}. He was 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighed about 185 pounds. He had a freakishly small 67 inch reach. Everyone he fought was bigger than him, yet he won all 49 fights with 43 by knockout.
One thing that surprised me is that Marciano was thought of as a bit of a dirty fighter by some of his peers. Sullivan puts this in its proper context that it was a by product of Marciano's all out wild in your face style. He never gave his opponents a chance to rest or get set.
Sullivan also shows how Marciano who many thought was a squeaky clean 50's man actually was indeed flawed. He was a very complex man which was due in large part in my opinion, to his fear of poverty and being first generation American. I am a first generation American and old Italian traditions do not always fit easily here. My Dad was born in Naples Italy in 1950, right before Marciano became champ. He loves and adores Marciano, and so do I.
"Rocky Marciano The rock of His Times" by Russell Sullivan is a masterpiece of Sports Biography. Russell Sullivan "dosn't pull any punches " in this explosive story of a simple-man trying to make a "simple-living" in a very complex barbaric industry!

Sullivan knows his subject from all sides of the ring... and out. Not only does he know boxing, he knows the human spirit that envelopes it. This is a real "page-turner" and there is a wallop in every chapter! From Carmine Vingo to Roland LaStanza, and on to Archie Moore, the bell just keeps on ringing!

It's not just a story about boxing; it's a real tale about a contemporary "Lancelot" fighting his dragons from every direction.

"Marciano came to symbolize early-1950's simplicity. He was indeed, the rock of his times." (p.305)

Russell Sullivan does a superb job of bringing back those restless spirits at Madson Square Garden. "And in this corner, from Holyoke, Massachusetts:
R O C K Y ...........M A R C I A N O...........!!!!!!"

If, you haven't found a good book to read in a long time, don't "throw in the towel" just yet! Buy this book, it's a great read.
Excellent biography of one of the greatest boxers of all time. Marciano was a powerful puncher and a charismatic personality who succeeded on a strong will to win at all costs. Very good book.
Sullivan has written a solid, honest biography. Well written and well researched.
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Excellent .. w amazing details about his life and fights.
great book
My husband loves this book. I bought it for him.