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Jacobs Beach

New York in the Fifties was the most interesting, the most vibrant city in the world. As American culture burst into life it gave us television, beatniks, rock 'n roll, Marilyn and Elvis, Cold War paranoia, the Pill New York was its epicentre. New York gave the world a couple of other things too- one bloody and brutal but the king of sports, the other simply bloody and brutal. The Fifties 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. Gangsters have been around boxing for ever, but 1950s New York was special. Most of the decade s major fights took place in the city, at boxing s spiritual home, Madison Square Garden. Most of the deals that made or ruined the lives of the era s many fine fighters were done on a famous strip of pavement across the road from the Garden- Jacobs Beach. And the man standing on that strip of pavement was a charming Italian murderer called Frankie Carbo. Carbo had lurked in the long shadows of professional boxing since Prohibition, but this was his time. Through his willing associates, the International Boxing Club, he exercised total
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Nominated for the top Sports Book awards, this is the gripping tale of boxing's golden age when the mob held as much sway in the ring as the fighters, from award-winning writer, Kevin Mitchell

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Kevin Mitchell is the boxing and tennis correspondent for the Observer and Guardian. He is the author of War, Baby, which was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year, and the co-author of Frank Bruno's autobiography Frank, which won the Best Autobiography category of the British Sports Book Awards.


"As punchy as the matches. Wonderfully evocative" * Sunday Telegraph * "A tour de force of reportage and research by an author who really knows his stuff" * Independent on Sunday * "Mitchell tells a vivid, gripping and very different fairytale of New York with verve and skill" * Observer * "This is Mitchell's natural territory ... he is the connoisseur of both the dark and glorious sides of the ring game" * Daily Telegraph * "A cigar-chomping read" * Wall Street Journal *

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