Summary: An important contribution to the study of nineteenth-century American culture. Writing with clarity, virgor, and grace, Gorn combines detailed narrative with convincing interpretations. He offers the reader a judicious selection of quotations from the sporting press that capture the drama, sensuality, and brutality of the ring and its craftsmen. The great names come to life: Heenan, Yankee Sullivan, Tom Hyer, John Morrissey, and the most famous of all, John L. Sulliv ...show morean. But Gorn also resurrects the vast infrastructure of pugilism, held up by lesser-known saloon owners, politicos, and journalists. Through their efforts this thorougly illegal activity developed many chararacteristics that scholars have associated with 'modern' sport. ...show lessEdition/Copyright: 86
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