In Boxing: A Concise History of the Sweet Science, Gerald R. Gems provides a succinct yet comprehensive coverage of the sport, recounting boxing's ancient roots, evolution, and globalization. Throughout, Gems describes important events and individuals, illuminating their impact on the boxing world. Presented in a clear and readable manner, Gems t only includes a historical account of boxing, but also explores such issues as race, religion, rivalries, and the growth of female boxing. While the primary coverage of the book focuses on the United States, Gems' examination encompasses the sport around the world as well. Featuring numerous photographs, Boxing: A Concise History of the Sweet Science will be of interest to boxing fans, historians, scholars, and those wanting to learn more about the sport.
Gerald R. Gems is professor in the Health and Physical Education Department at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. He is a Fulbright Award winner and past president of the North American Society for Sport History. Gems is the author of ten books, including Sport and the Shaping of Italian Identity (2013), The Chicago Sports Reader: 100 Years of Sports in the Windy City (2009), Understanding American Sport (2009), and Sports in American History: From Colonization to Globalization (2008).