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The Good Son

The Life of Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini
Kriegel, Mark (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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FRANK SINATRA FAWNED OVER HIM. WARREN ZEVON WROTE A TRIBUTE SONG. Sylvester Stallone produced his life story as a movie of the week. In the 1980s, Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini wasn't merely the lightweight champ. An adoring public considered him a national hero, the real Rocky. From the mobbed-up steel city of Youngstown, Ohio, Mancini was cast as the savior of a sport: a righteous kid in a corrupt game, symbolically potent and demographically perfect, the last white ethnic. He fought for those left behind in busted-out mill towns across America. But most of all, he fought for his father. Lenny Mancini-the original Boom Boom, as he was called-had been a lightweight contender himself. But the elder Mancini's dream ended on a battlefield in November 1944, when fragments from a German mortar shell nearly killed him. Almost four decades later, Ray promised to win the title his father could not. What came of that vow was a feel-good fable for network television. But it all came apart November 13, 1982, in a brutal battle at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Mancini's obscure Korean challenger, Duk Koo Kim, went down in the 14th round and never regained consciousness. Three months later, Kim's despondent mother took her own life. The deaths would haunt Ray and ruin his carefully crafted image, suddenly transforming boxing's All-American Boy into a pariah. Now, thirty years after that nationally televised bout, Mark Kriegel finally uncovers the story's full dimensions. In tracking the Mancini and Kim families across generations, Kriegel exacts confessions and excavates mysteries-from the killing of Mancini's brother to the fate of Kim's son. In scenes both brutal and tender, the narrative moves from Youngstown to New York, Vegas to Seoul, Reno to Hollywood, where the inevitably romantic idea of a fighter comes up against reality. With the vivid style and deep reporting that have earned him renown as a biographer, Kriegel has written a fast-paced epic. The Good Son is an intimate history, a saga of fathers and fighters, loss and redemption.
Authors: Kriegel, Mark
Title: The good son
the life of Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2012.
Characteristics: xviii, 316 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Local Note: 6 15 29 35 53 56 61 74 80 118 133 143 148 150 152 172 210 211 216 222 224 226 228 242 244 268
ISBN: 0743286359
9780743286350
Statement of Responsibility: Mark Kriegel
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: Boxers (Sports) United States Biography. Mancini, Ray, 1961-
Topical Term: Boxers (Sports)
LCCN: 2012001417
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Dec 07, 2012
  • emily8 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great father - son insights - power of the mob in the fight "game" - love of family - kriegel brings us to many feelings and new understandings and generational ramifications of being "the good son"...must read -

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