bookNow in Paperback! The story of the hard-hitting, hard-drinking Gilded Age boxer who became the country’s first sports superstar and Irish-American hero



“This admirable biography has a Citizen Kane feel to it: Strong Boy both celebrates John L. Sullivan as a sports hero and lights up the pathos of Sullivan the man-child. If he could ‘lick any son-of-a bitch in the world,’ John L. could out-drink and out-eat all contenders. The first million-dollar man in sports died broke. Christopher Klein does justice to the legend, the man, and the times.”

—Jack Beatty, author of The Rascal King: The Life and Times of James Michael Curley, 1874–1958