A Neutral Corner
A. J. Liebling
This is a series of essays that A. J. Liebling published in the New Yorker from 1952 through 1963. He writes about boxing with a love and respect that has long since vanished with an elegant literary style spiced with a language that transports you back to the late 40’s and early 50’s. He brings back names like Jersey Joe Walcott, Rocky Marciano, Floyd Paterson, Ingemar Johansson, and Muhammad Ali that played, black and white, in the background of my youth. From this book, you understand what boxing was all about and why it will never be the same.