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bookThe story of the hard-hitting, hard-drinking Gilded Age Boxer who became the country’s first sports superstar and Irish-American hero

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“Sports biography at its best. Rich in period detail, anecdote, and fresh perspective, Strong Boy paints both the good and the bad sides of success, as America’s growing celebrity culture turned a simple Irish American gladiator into a national, in fact international hero. A very human story with profound parallels for our sports-obsessed culture today!”

—Nigel Hamilton, author of Biography: A Brief History and The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941–1942