Item description for Cinderella Man by Michael C. DeLisa...
In 1934, Jim Braddock was down and out. His boxing career blighted by broken hands, the New York Irishman had won five of his previous 21 bouts and had been forced to quit. The Great Depression was at its height. When work dried up on the Hudson River docks, Braddock was forced to claim welfare relief to feed his young family.
Then came a visit from his old manager, asking if he wanted one more fight. Desperate for money, Braddock had no choice but to say yes. Four wins later, he was the heavyweight champion of the world in the greatest upset in the sport's history.
Braddock's rags-to-riches success led Damon Runyon to call him the Cinderella Man. His story captivated the nation in much the way the racehorse Seabiscuit's would a few years later. Braddock came to represent the struggle for survival facing many families in mid-1930s America.
James J. Braddock was born in New York City in 1906, one of seven children. He developed an early taste for fighting and quit school to work a series of menial jobs before resolving to pursue his boxing dream. Over the next decade he became a contender, before injury ruined his prospects. Redemption came on the night of June 13, 1935, with his famous victory over the outrageous champion Max Baer. Braddock would later lose his title to the great Joe Louis, but his place as the people's champion was cemented forever.
Author Michael DeLisa is historical consultant on a major motion picture entitled The Cinderella Man, starring Russell Crowe and Rene Zellweger, to be released in the summer of 2005.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 8" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2005
Publisher Milo Books
ISBN 1903854377 ISBN13 9781903854372
Availability 0 units.
More About Michael C. DeLisa
Michael C. Delisa is the co-author of 'Philadelphia's Boxing Heritage 1876-1976' (Arcadia Press) and has written articles for Ring Magazine and World Boxing. He is the Associate Producer on a network television documentary about Jim Braddock also called 'The Cinderella Man' and he is a Historical Consultant on the forthcoming Universal movie.
Reviews - What do customers think about Cinderella Man?
Delisa loses a close decision Nov 15, 2007
I fear that this well written and richly detailed book has gotten lost in the shuffle of all of the Braddock biographies that have been published in the wake of the success of the film "Cinderella Man" Even though it's far from the best of the group, it deserves a better fate than that.
Most of the Braddock volumes on the market have focused almost exclusively on the ring exploits of Braddock and his contemporaries, Delisa takes a slightly different approach in his narrative, incorporating more of Braddock's personal life into the story, and going into greater detail about events in his early childhood than other books have, to give the reader a more complete portrait of this American sports icon.
In my humble opinion, Cinderella Man: James J. Braddock, Max Baer, and the Greatest Upset in Boxing History by Jeremy Schaap is still the best book written on the subject, and I'll continue to recommend it, but Delisa's volume comes in a close second.
A great story worth reading, but not a great biography Apr 13, 2006
I'm not a boxing fan, but became interested in James Braddock's story after watching the Movie Cinderella Man. My ultimate goal was to find our more about this man that staged an incredible comeback against staggering odds, to win the world heavy weight championship from Max Baer. Delisa's book attempts to deliver to the reader something more of Braddock's life; however, the information is mostly acecdotle and second hand, and fails to shed much more light on what Braddock was like. The fact of the matter is, there is likely little information about Braddock's life other then what Delisa tells, or he would have likely told it, given he mentions previous bios of the former champ that were written during Braddock lifetime. The upside to the book is that Delisa gives the reader an excellent view of the cast of characters that made up the world of boxing in the 20's and 30's, weaving Braddock into the picture when appropriate, which is often. Delisa also gives the reader a strong account of how the Great Depression affected Braddock, Boxing, and the nation, which embraced Braddock as one of their own, because he was down as far as anyone at the time and brought himself back from the edge of oblivion to save himself and his family.
fun, easy read Oct 15, 2005
you learn more about the real jimmy braddock and his mob connected manager. you learn how jimmy had a few businesses on the side besides being a boxer. its a good story.
Superficial history of boxing in the 1920's and 1930's Aug 15, 2005
This book devoted way too much time to insignificant details not related to Jim Braddock's story. Why was so much time spent describing the life and fighting history of guys like Primo Carnera...guys that Braddock never fought? This book is a superficial account of boxing in the 1920's and 30's. Braddock's story is an inspirational one, however this book doesn't give the reader any insight into the man. Very disappointing account of the Braddock story.
If you've seen the movie, read the book. Jul 28, 2005
Book is a good read, but sometimes a little to much detail of the fights and opponents broddock faced. If you've seen the movie, you'll be surprized at how close the book is to the movie. It's an inspirational story of a true American hero. A man dedicated to the welfare of his family. Most of the book is foucused on his fights. But there is enough of the personal life of James J. Braddock to keep those happy who are seeking a personal account of his life.