REVIEW: Life In The Ring

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John E. Oden takes on the task of writing a boxing book, sure this has been done hundreds of times over but this time it’s a different kind of book. There’s a few things that make this book unique, first off it isn’t focused on the tragedy of the sport as so many now a days do. What this book does is take on a biographical stance on multiple boxers, telling some of their history, how they got started and in many cases the fight that made their careers. In just over 170 pages we take a look at Muhammad Ali, Oscar de la Hoya, Jake LaMotta, George Foreman, James J. raddock, Joe Calzaghe, Floyd Patterson, Bernard Hopkins and the Klitschko, Vitali and Wladimir. The author also gives us a look at Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunney, Joe Louis, Max Schmeling and their career defining fights. While there may be a lot of repeat information that you’ve heard before if you follow boxing or boxing history you may be surprised to find a lot of information you didn’t know. Each chapter is around five pages which help make this a page turner but none of this seems rushed. This book is a must read for any boxing fan.

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Releases worth getting Nov 10, 2009

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DVD:

Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut - A fucking 5 disc version.

The Three Stooges Collection, Vol. 7: 1952-1954 – A must have for any Three Stooges fan.

G.I. Joe A Real American Hero: Complete Collectors Set – The entire series of maybe the best cartoon from the 80’s. Comes in a sweetass footlocker.

UFC: Ultimate 100 Greatest Fights – 8 DVD’s, 100 people getting beat up, what’s not to like?

The Official World Series Film Collection – Every World Series ever.

Dirty: The Official ODB Biography – I haven’t seen this but I like ODB and Wu Tang Clan so I expect good things.

Music:

Earl Scruggs: Live from Austin City Limits

Earl Scruggs: Family Portrait

Earl Scruggs & Tom T. Hall: Storyteller & the Banjo Man

The Ergs!/The Measure [sa] split 7″ – YES YES YES FUCKING FINALLY!

Copyrights/Brokedowns 7″

Kepi Ghoulie: Life Sentence (CD and Vinyl)

The Marked Men: Fix My Brain (CD and Vinyl)

Cobra Skulls: American Rubicon (CD and Vinyl)

Big Drill Car: A Never Ending Endeavor

The Riptides: Tales from Planet Earth

Nada Surf: Karmic EP (Extra tracks)

Anvil: This Is Thirteen - I got my hands on this early I guess, it kicks ass!!

Anthrax: Among the Living (Remastered, extra tracks)

AC/DC: Backtracks (2CD+DVD)

Deep Purple: Live At Montreux 1996 (Vinyl)

Alice Cooper: Easy Action (Vinyl)

Ted Nugent: Double Live Gonzo! (Vinyl)

Creedence Clearwater Revival: The Singles Collection (Vinyl Box set)

MF Doom: Unexpected Guests

J.J. Brown: Connect the Dots

Jackson 5: I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters

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