Dark Trade

Dark Trade

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This is no ordinary book about boxing. Dark Trade is Donald McRae's vivid personal journey through the intense and forbidding world of the professional fight game. Tyson, Bruno, Hamed, Benn, Eubank, Watson, Jones, De La Hoya and Toney confide in him their fears and longings. Their fantastic, almost mythological stories are uncovered in new and striking detail, derived from the hundreds of hours McRae has spent in their company. With wit, compassion and lucidity, Dark Trade examines the way in which race and violence beat at the heart of our society, and asks what forces men to pursue this most brutal kind of stardom, what drives their outrageous ambition.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 30mm | 499.99g
  • Mainstream Publishing
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1840189568
  • 9781840189568
  • 410,611

Review quote

Donald McRae, in thrall to a 30-year boxing addiction, has seen countless fights both minor and major in England and the United States, and is on friendly, even intimate, terms with a number of boxers and their associates. Dark Trade bears comparison with Thomas Hauser s The Black Lights but Dark Trade is more picaresque in form, taking the reader ringside in vividly rendered, and in several cases graphically brutal, matches McRae brings to the highly charged, obsessive world of professional boxing a novelist s eye and ear for revealing detail and convincingly recalled dialogue Engaging, sympathetically rendered, emotionally direct This is an impassioned book. Joyce Carol Oates, "Los Angeles Times""show more

About Donald McRae

Donald McRae is also the author of Winter Colours: Changing Seasons in World Rugby and Nothing Personal: The Business of Sex.show more

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185 ratings
4.41 out of 5 stars
5 55% (102)
4 35% (64)
3 8% (14)
2 2% (3)
1 1% (2)
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