A Flame of Pure Fire: Jack Dempsey and the Roaring '20s

Version: Unabridged
Author: Roger Kahn
Narrator: Kevin Yon
Genres: Sports & Recreation, Biography & Memoir, North America
Publisher: Brilliance Corporation
Published In: July 2009
# of Units: 14 CDs
Length: 14 hours, 36 minutes
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Overview

Through most of the Roaring '20s, Jack Dempsey was the heavyweight champion of the world. With his fierce good looks and matchless dedication to the kill, he was a fighter perfectly suited to his time. In A Flame of Pure Fire, renowned sports writer Roger Kahn not only chronicles the thrilling, brutal bouts of the Manassa Mauler, but also illustrates how the tumultuous 1920s shaped Dempsey, and how the champ in turn, left an indelible mark on sports and American history. The extraordinary story of a man and a country growing to maturity in a blaze of strength and exuberance, A Flame of Pure Fire is "an exhaustively researched and colorful portrait of an American great." – The San Diego Union-Tribune "One doesn't have to be a fan of boxing to be enthralled by this story of a nice guy who didn't finish last." – The New Yorker

Author Details

Author Details

Kahn, Roger

Roger Kahn, a prize-winning author, grew up in Brooklyn, where he says everybody on the boys' varsity baseball team at his prep school wanted to play for the Dodgers. None did. He has written nineteen books. Like most natives of Brooklyn, he is distressed that the Dodgers left. "In a perfect world," he says, "the Dodgers would have stayed in Brooklyn and Los Angeles would have gotten the Mets."