Budd Schulberg's celebrated vel of the prize ring has lost ne of its power since its first publication almost fifty years ago. Crowded with unforgettable characters, it is a relentless expose of the fight racket. A modern Samson in the form of a simple Argentine peasant is ballyhooed by an unscrupulous fight promoter and his press agent and then betrayed and destroyed by connivers. Mr. Schulberg creates a wonderfully authentic atmosphere for this book that many critics hailed as even better than What Makes Sammy Run? The quintessential vel of boxing and corruption. -USA Today The book will stand t only as the vel about boxing but also as a book that indirectly tells more about civilization than do most books about civilization itself. -Arthur Miller. Brilliant, witty, and amusing-the best book on fighting that I have read. -Gene Tunney.
Budd Schulberg is also the author of What Makes Sammy Run?, The Disenchanted, Sparring with Hemingway, On the Waterfront (play and screenplay), and Moving Pictures: Memories of a Hollywood Prince. He lives in Westhampton Beach, New York.