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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. 3 out of 5

    Jeff

    My rating is exclusively personal and should not be construed as an assessment of this book's value as a biography. I'm incapable of rating biographies because i pretty much never read them. They tend to leave me cold because they are mere collections of facts (paraphrasing a fellow goodreadster's review of this book). This book collects and organizes myriad events from and facts about Rocky Marciano's life. That might be enough for most. It was just enough for me to read the whole thing. I wonde My rating is exclusively personal and should not be construed as an assessment of this book's value as a biography. I'm incapable of rating biographies because i pretty much never read them. They tend to leave me cold because they are mere collections of facts (paraphrasing a fellow goodreadster's review of this book). This book collects and organizes myriad events from and facts about Rocky Marciano's life. That might be enough for most. It was just enough for me to read the whole thing. I wonder how biographers of the men who lost to Marciano would describe those fights. I'm semi-committed to reading Eig's recent bio of Ali, so maybe i'll actually look for similar works about Ezzard Charles, Jersey Joe Walcott, Joe Louis and Archie Moore. Thanks for the donation, Andy.

  3. 5 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.

  4. 5 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.

  5. 3 out of 5

    P.e. lolo

    I think if you are into boxing or the history of boxing or sports then this is a book for you. For me this was right up my alley. No I had never seen Rocky fight other than a few old black and white films at times, but I grew up with a dad that was into boxing. His generation boxing was a sport a way of life and every Friday night I would sit with him and we would watch any fight that would come on. This book reminded me of those times. The author takes you through his years growing up and then I think if you are into boxing or the history of boxing or sports then this is a book for you. For me this was right up my alley. No I had never seen Rocky fight other than a few old black and white films at times, but I grew up with a dad that was into boxing. His generation boxing was a sport a way of life and every Friday night I would sit with him and we would watch any fight that would come on. This book reminded me of those times. The author takes you through his years growing up and then how he got into boxing and into professionally boxing late. He will take you through each fight and the cast of characters behind the man. Some good and some not so good. Did Rocky know the difference who knows all he wanted to do is fight, box and the rest he just felt at times that he was taken advantage of by some people who said that they were looking out for him. A book that has its moments of happiness when he wins but also sadness even after he wins and of course after the plane crash. Overall this book was everything that I was expecting and a little more, a good book. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

  6. 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.

  7. 5 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...

  8. 3 out of 5

    Mario

    Initially I found this quite a slog to get through. The first third of the book or so, I felt there was a lot of description and the only reason I kept going was because of all boxing's great icons, I knew the least about Rocky Marciano. The previous book I read was about Muhammad Ali and maybe Rocky and his life suffered in comparison to Ali's and his larger than life persona. I preferred the book as it went on when Rocky's fights and fame got bigger and learned about his life after retirement. Initially I found this quite a slog to get through. The first third of the book or so, I felt there was a lot of description and the only reason I kept going was because of all boxing's great icons, I knew the least about Rocky Marciano. The previous book I read was about Muhammad Ali and maybe Rocky and his life suffered in comparison to Ali's and his larger than life persona. I preferred the book as it went on when Rocky's fights and fame got bigger and learned about his life after retirement. I'm not sure I'd recommend this book to a casual observer but it's fine for a boxing fan or historian who wants to learn about Marciano.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Hezekiah

    A great read about an unorthodox champ who wanted a better life. He was a simplified yet complex figure who's boxing changed the life of his family and community. He was the life blood of Brockton, MA and the rebirth of a dying sport. While he wasn't perfect in life, he was perfect in the ring and a model citizen. This is a good book for anyone who wants to learn more about boxing and how a heavyweight champion is not born but made.

  10. 3 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"

  11. 3 out of 5

    Michael

    This story is so much more than boxing. A great look at the boxing career of Rocky Marciano, his childhood, environment and the sport itself. Told in an enjoyable easy to read manner. You feel the story as it unfolds. Provided a lot of great information showcasing an amazing time in history. I won this book in a GoodReads Giveaway.

  12. 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.

  13. 3 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.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Steve

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

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Fight for your life A long life for an under dog. It shows that anyone can turn their life around. I am recommending this to my WOMEN friends

  16. 4 out of 5

    Doris Moore

  17. 3 out of 5

    Chuck

  18. 4 out of 5

    Robert h Harrison Jr

  19. 4 out of 5

    John Cross

  20. 3 out of 5

    Psagen

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brian Pelletier

  22. 3 out of 5

    Joe Meyers

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mq

  24. 5 out of 5

    Linda Humes

  25. 4 out of 5

    rick e brown

  26. 3 out of 5

    Mike

  27. 3 out of 5

    Henry Holt

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gregory Knipp

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dave Melnick

  30. 3 out of 5

    Lois Parlee

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