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Unbeaten: Rocky Marciano's Fight for Perfection in a Crooked World

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The son of poor Italian immigrants, with short arms and stubby legs, Rocky Marciano accomplished a feat that eluded heavyweight champions like Louis, Dempsey, Ali, and Tyson: He never lost a professional fight. A classic American tale of immigrant dreams, exceptional talent wedded to exceptional ambitions, compromises in the service of a greater good, astounding success, d The son of poor Italian immigrants, with short arms and stubby legs, Rocky Marciano accomplished a feat that eluded heavyweight champions like Louis, Dempsey, Ali, and Tyson: He never lost a professional fight. A classic American tale of immigrant dreams, exceptional talent wedded to exceptional ambitions, compromises in the service of a greater good, astounding success, disillusionment, and a quest to discover what it all meant.


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The son of poor Italian immigrants, with short arms and stubby legs, Rocky Marciano accomplished a feat that eluded heavyweight champions like Louis, Dempsey, Ali, and Tyson: He never lost a professional fight. A classic American tale of immigrant dreams, exceptional talent wedded to exceptional ambitions, compromises in the service of a greater good, astounding success, d The son of poor Italian immigrants, with short arms and stubby legs, Rocky Marciano accomplished a feat that eluded heavyweight champions like Louis, Dempsey, Ali, and Tyson: He never lost a professional fight. A classic American tale of immigrant dreams, exceptional talent wedded to exceptional ambitions, compromises in the service of a greater good, astounding success, disillusionment, and a quest to discover what it all meant.

30 review for Unbeaten: Rocky Marciano's Fight for Perfection in a Crooked World

  1. 3 out of 5

    Steve Donoghue

    A superb, energetic biography - and a thrilling account of the boxing matches themselves! Here's my full review: https://openlettersreview.com/open-le...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lance

    While this book covering the life and career of Rocky Marciano is informative and rich in detail, this very attention to detail made it a tough one for me to read. I found myself going back to try to connect my current page to what was being written previously. It's a good book for boxing historians and researchers but for a casual fan just wanting to learn a little more on the legend that is Marcianao, it bogs down in too many spot. I'll give it three stars as it may be good for some readers, b While this book covering the life and career of Rocky Marciano is informative and rich in detail, this very attention to detail made it a tough one for me to read. I found myself going back to try to connect my current page to what was being written previously. It's a good book for boxing historians and researchers but for a casual fan just wanting to learn a little more on the legend that is Marcianao, it bogs down in too many spot. I'll give it three stars as it may be good for some readers, but I am not one of them.

  3. 3 out of 5

    Andrew

    Excellent biography of Marciano with emphasis on his unbeaten string—an unbelievable record in sports. Details his entire life in the context of the times. Argument can be made based on this book that Marciano was the greatest of all time. Well written, fast paced and with information I hadn’t come across before. Recommended.

  4. 5 out of 5

    David

    Painful to read. Lots of details, but written like bullet points. Just not interested in Rocky enough to read past the first 5 chapters.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Writemoves

    What I knew about Rocky Marciano before I read the book was that he retired as an undefeated Heavyweight Champion. I did not know about his conduct during World War that got him locked up in jail. I did not know of the mob's influence in his career. I did not realize that his list of opponents while he was champion were of dubious quality, boxers who were on the way down like Joe Louis, Ezzard Charles and Jersey Joe Walcott. Marciano retired right before he would have had to fight the likes of C What I knew about Rocky Marciano before I read the book was that he retired as an undefeated Heavyweight Champion. I did not know about his conduct during World War that got him locked up in jail. I did not know of the mob's influence in his career. I did not realize that his list of opponents while he was champion were of dubious quality, boxers who were on the way down like Joe Louis, Ezzard Charles and Jersey Joe Walcott. Marciano retired right before he would have had to fight the likes of Cassius Clay, Sonny Liston and Floyd Patterson to name a few. Marciano died relatively young in a plane crash. He was not a good businessperson and was lousy with investing and saving money. Marciano succumbed to the good life after boxing and hung around with Frank Sinatra and a number of "made guys." He's not a very sympathetic figure. Again his boxing record is offset by the relatively low level of his opponents. Good book though...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Macke

    It's a classic, nostalgic story of a commoner rising to royalty ... like the fighter, the story is written in a nuts-and-bolts, brown-paper-bag style, yet it still celebrates a time and a place and an era in sports that can never happen again ... when you hear the name Rocky, in virtually any context, you see the face of Marciano and it shall forever stand for blue-collar ethics, a right hook named Suzie Q and "champion"

  7. 3 out of 5

    Emily Nelson

    The Best Just read this. It's so so great. I love boxing but knew so little about Rocky Marciano! I cried numerous times while reading this book. I laughed, I was nervous, I could not out it down. I could not recommend it more highly. Ten stars.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ronald Bloomstein

    Doesn’t get much better than a Brockton boy learning al about the Brockton of his father’s time. Fun and educational, most importantly well researched and well written.

  9. 3 out of 5

    Steve

    Well researched and an easy, quick read. Very comprehensive.

  10. 3 out of 5

    Doris Moore

  11. 3 out of 5

    Chuck

  12. 3 out of 5

    Robert h Harrison Jr

  13. 4 out of 5

    Brian Pelletier

  14. 3 out of 5

    Mike

  15. 3 out of 5

    Henry Holt

  16. 3 out of 5

    Dave Melnick

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lois Parlee

  18. 3 out of 5

    bill ayrton

  19. 4 out of 5

    John Dimoia

  20. 5 out of 5

    Denver

  21. 4 out of 5

    Justin

  22. 5 out of 5

    David Pinto

  23. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth B

  24. 5 out of 5

    carl d. zambrano

  25. 5 out of 5

    Justin

  26. 4 out of 5

    Adam Swift

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bob

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lance

    While this book covering the life and career of Rocky Marciano is informative and rich in detail, this very attention to detail made it a tough one for me to read. I found myself going back to try to connect my current page to what was being written previously. It's a good book for boxing historians and researchers but for a casual fan just wanting to learn a little more on the legend that is Marcianao, it bogs down in too many spot. I'll give it three stars as it may be good for some readers, b While this book covering the life and career of Rocky Marciano is informative and rich in detail, this very attention to detail made it a tough one for me to read. I found myself going back to try to connect my current page to what was being written previously. It's a good book for boxing historians and researchers but for a casual fan just wanting to learn a little more on the legend that is Marcianao, it bogs down in too many spot. I'll give it three stars as it may be good for some readers, but I am not one of them.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Reuben Richardson

  30. 5 out of 5

    Steve

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