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One Punch from the Promised Land free pdf History's most famous boxing brothers--Leon and Michael Spinks--fought their way out of the North St. Louis projects, won Olympic gold, took on the legends of the ring, and became the first brothers to win the world heavyweight title. Through interviews with the brothers, eyewitness accounts, and stories from friends, relatives, and boxing figures, "One Punch from the Promised Land "is the first-ever portrait of the Spinks brothers and how even the championship of the world left them just shy of their American Dream. It examines their impact on mainstream America and the underclass from which they came--and it shows the effect the ghetto had on their lives: Leon never separated himself from the project where they grew up, and Michael spent his life running from it. The book traces their divergent paths, revealing how introverted Michael found luxurious seclusion in Delaware- and reckless Leon, overwhelmed by fame and fortune, was reduced to odd jobs--including sweeping the stands at the arena where he'd fought on his way to the title. The authors uncover events never before made public: the hard-partying Leon, two nights before fighting Muhammad Ali, carousing with drug pushers and prostitutes while dancing and snorting cocaine- and Michael, the reluctant warrior, hiding in his dressing room, nearly too intimidated to face Mike Tyson. Finally, the book pieces together the relationship the brothers now have: separate but connected, strained but affectionate. As Michael said, "We're still blood brothers but Leon doesn't share the same thing with me as he once did. We did everything together. But it's no more."

About John Florio

John Florio is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in print, on the web, and on television. He is also the author of the novel, Sugar Pop Moon. Visit him at johnfloriowriter.com.Ouisie Shapiro is a five-time Emmy-winning writer and producer of sports documentaries. Her writing credits include HBO's Joe Louis: America's Hero Betrayed- Namath: Beaver Falls to Broadway- and Lombardi. She has also produced ESPN SportsCentury documentaries on Jack Dempsey, Sonny Liston, and Rocky Marciano, among others.

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Author : John Florio
Publisher : Lyons Press
Data Published : 03 September 2013
ISBN : 0762783001
EAN : 9780762783007
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 288 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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