From the Publisher

Lost in the annals of boxing is the sport's true Cinderella story. James J. Braddock, dubbed "Cinderella Man" by Damon Runyon, was a once promising light heavyweight for whom a string of losses in the ring and a broken right hand happened to coincide with the Great Crash of 1929. With one good hand, Braddock was forced to labor on the docks of Hoboken. Only his manager, Joe Gould, still believed in him, finding fights for Braddock to help feed his wife and children. The diminutive, loquacious Jew and the burly, quiet Irishman made one of boxing's oddest couples, but together they staged the greatest comeback in fighting history. In twelve months Braddock went from the relief rolls to face heavyweight champion Max Baer, the Livermore Butcher Boy, renowned for having allegedly killed two men in the ring. A charismatic, natural talent and in every way Braddock's foil, Baer was a towering opponent, a Jew from the West Coast who was famously brash and made great copy both in and out of the ring. A ten-to-one underdog, Braddock carried the hopes and dreams of the working class on his shoulders. And when boxing was the biggest sport in the world, when the heavyweight champion was the biggest star in the world, his unlikely upset made Braddock the most popular champion boxing had ever seen.
Against the gritty backdrop of the Depression, Cinderella Man brings this dramatic all-American story to life, evoking a time when the sport of boxing resonated with a country trying desperately to get back on its feet. Schaap paints a vivid picture of the fight world in its golden age, populated by men of every class and ethnic background and covered voluminously by writers who elevated sports writing to art. Rich in anecdote and color, steeped in history, and full of human interest, Cinderellla Man is a classic David and Goliath tale that transcends the sport.

Topics: Boxing, Sports, Great Depression, New York City, Creative Nonfiction, Inspirational, and Made into a Movie

Published: Mariner Books an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on
ISBN: 9780547525839
List price: $13.99
Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
Availability for Cinderella Man by Jeremy Schaap
With a 30 day free trial you can read online for free
  1. This book can be read on up to 6 mobile devices.

Related Articles

NPR
3 min read
Sports

Wearing A Hijab, A Young Muslim Boxer Enters The Ring

In November, young boxer Amaiya Zafar traveled from Minnesota to Florida to fight her first competitive bout. But before Zafar even had her gloves on, officials called off the fight – they told the 16-year-old she had to remove the hijab she wore or forfeit the match. A devout Muslim, Zafar refused, and her 15-year-old opponent was declared the victor. USA Boxing, the sport's national governing body, has dictated that athletes fight in sleeveless jerseys and shorts no longer than the knee. Zafar adds long sleeves, leggings, and a sporty hijab to the uniform. The organization appears to be shif
ESPN The Magazine
15 min read

Something to Fight For

THE CABIN IS about two hours outside of Los Angeles. Directions come in the form of a screen shot—cell service is spotty up here, so it’s best to have a backup. Ronda Rousey is all bundled up when she answers the front door. She knows what this looks like. She’s broken, right? She’s been hiding out in a basement since her stunning loss to Holly Holm last November. Shattered in a million pieces. Listening to Adele and hissing in the dark. She smiles. It’s fun to feed it sometimes. “It’s like I’m doing the chick version of growing a beard and living in a cave, you know?” Rousey says. “You reme
Mic
2 min read

Nintendo Switch 'Arms' Is Not Enough — Sports Fans Are Dying For A Realistic Boxing Game

The upcoming Nintendo Switch game Arms looks interesting, but it's not real boxing. It looks like a game that could be extremely competitive online, and it may even have a future as an eSport title, but it's not boxing. Unfortunately for serious boxing fans, it seems developers are doing everything but making a new boxing simulation video game. The last one released for any console or on PC was EA Sports' Fight Night Champion in 2011. Meanwhile, gamers who are fans of the sport have been pining for another version of Fight Night or for some developer/publisher to give us another gaming version