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Featured Books

Below is a list of books read and recommended by the editor of The Jewish Boxing Blog about either Jewish boxing, Jews in sports, or boxing in general.

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Stars and Scars: The Story of Jewish Boxing in London
By Jeff Jones
Amberley Publishing, 2023
The JBB review of Stars and Scars

The Fighter of Auschwitz: The True Story of Leen Sanders
By Erik Brouwer
Cassell, 2023
The JBB review of The Fighter of Auschwitz

The Whitechapel Whirlwind
By John Harding
Pitch Publishing, 2019

Ted Kid Lewis
By Morton Lewis
Robson Book, 1992

The Fighter
By Arnold Zable
Text Publishing, 2016.

Holocaust Fighters: Boxers, Resisters, Avengers
By Jeffrey Sussman
Rowman & Littlefield, 2021
The JBB Review of Holocaust Fighters

The Great Benny Leonard: Mam's Boy to World Champ
By John Jarrett
Pitch Publishing, 2021
The JBB Review of The Great Benny Leonard

The Minuteman: The Forgotten Legacy of Nat Arno and the Fight against Newark's Nazis
By Greg Donahue
Audible Originals, 2020
The JBB Review of The Minuteman

Bummy Davis vs. Murder, Inc.: The Rise and Fall of the Jewish Mafia and an Ill-fated Prizefighter
By Ron Ross
Bedell Books, 2003, 2014

Barney Ross: The Life of a Jewish Fighter
By Douglas Century
Schocken, 2009

The Boxer's Story: Fighting for My Life in the Nazi Camps
By Nathan Shapow with Bob Harris
The Robson Press, 2013

Harry Haft: Survivor of Auschwitz, Challenger of Rocky Marciano
By Alan Haft
Syracuse University Press, 2006, 2020

Dandy: A Jewish Boxer's Journey from Russian Immigrant to Boxing Champion
By Daniel P. Joseph

Augie's Secrets: the Minneapolis Mob and the King of the Hennepin Strip
By Neal Karlen
Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2013
The JBB review of Augie's Secrets

Al Bernstein: 30 Years, 30 Undeniable Truths about Boxing, Sports, and TV
By Al Bernstein
Diversion Books, 2012

The Jewish Boxers Hall of Fame
By Ken Blady
S.P.I. Books, 1988

By Allen Bodner
Excelsior Editions, 2011

Fighter from Whitechapel: The Story of Daniel Mendoza
By Harold U. Ribalow
Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, Inc., 1962, 2011

A Spectacle of Corruption: A Novel
By David Liss
Ballantine Books, 2004

Random House, 2009

Day of Atonement
By David Liss
Ballantine Books, 2015

Jews in Sports

Edited By Franklin Foer & Mark Tracy
Twelve, 2012

When Basketball was Jewish
By Douglas Stark
University of Nebraska, 2017

Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy
By Jane Leavy
Harper Perennial, 2002, 2010

You've Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?! [This book is for kids]
By Jonah Winter
Dragonfly Books, 2009, 2016

Jewish Major Leaguers in Their Own Words: Oral Histories of 23 Players
By Peter Ephross with Martin Abramowitz
McFarland & Company, Inc., 2012

Hank Greenberg: The Story of My Life
By Hank Greenberg with Ira Berkow
Times Books, 1989.

By Aaron Pribble
University of Nebraska Press, 2012

The Jewish Baseball Hall of Fame: A Who's Who of Baseball Stars
By Erwin Lynn
Shapolsky Publishers, Inc. 1987
[Note: This is primarily a book of trivia questions]

Boxing in General

Simon & Schuster, 2013
The JBB Review of The Good Son

Jack Dempsey: The Manassa Mauler
By Randy Roberts
Louisiana State University, 1979, 1984

Joe Louis: Hard Times Man
By Randy Roberts
Yale University Press, 2010.

A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis [This book is for kids]
By Matt de la Peña
Puffin Books, 2013

Floyd Patterson: The Fighting Life of Boxing's Invisible Champion
By W.K. Stratton
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012

By Thomas Hauser
University of Arkansas Press, 2013

An Unforgiving Sport: An Inside Look at Another Year in Boxing
By Thomas Hauser
University of Arkansas Press, 2009

By Thomas Hauser
University of Arkansas Press, 2007

By Ronald K. Fried
Da Capo Press, 1993

By Norman Mailer
Vintage International, 1975, 1993.

By Mark Kram Jr.
Ecco, 2019

By Coleen Aycock
McFarland & Company, 2011

By Jim Lawton
Bloomsbury Sport, 2017

"In This Corner...!": Forty-two World Champions Tell Their Stories
By Peter Heller
Da Capo Press, 1973, 1994.

Hurricane: The Miraculous Journey of Rubin Carter
By James S. Hirsch
Houghton Muffin, 2000.

By Patrick Connor
Hamilcar Publications, 2021
The JBB review of Shot at a Brothel

Sporting Blood: Tales from the Dark Side of Boxing
By Carlos Acevedo
Hamilcar Publications, 2020
The JBB review of Sporting Blood

Slaughter in the Streets: When Boston Became Boxing's Murder Capital
By Don Stradley
Hamilcar Publications, 2020
The JBB review of Slaughter in the Streets

The President of Pandemonium: The Mad World of Ike Ibeabuchi
By Luke G. Williams
Hamilcar Publications, 2021
The JBB review of President of Pandemonium

Bundini: Don't Believe the Hype
By Todd D. Snyder
Hamilcar Publications, 2020
The JBB review of Bundini

Championship Rounds
By Bernard Fernandez
RKMA Publishing, 2020
The JBB review of Championship Rounds

Boxing in Atlantic City
By John DiSanto and Matthew H. Ward
Arcadia, 2021
The JBB Review of Boxing in Atlantic City

Rowman & Littlefield, 2014

The Night the Referee Hit Back
By Mike Silver
Rowman & Littlefield, 2020
The Jewish Boxing Blog Review of The Night the Referee Hit Back

Tony Canzoneri
By Mark Allen Baker
McFarland, 2023
The JBB Review of Tony Canzoneri


Matthew Saad Muhammad
By William Dettloff
McFarland, 2023
The JBB review of Matthew Sad Muhammad