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Press Coverage
Boston Globe review of “Strong Boy”
Wall Street Journal review of “Strong Boy”
Publisher’s Weekly review of “Strong Boy”
Kirkus Reviews review of “Strong Boy” Review of “Strong Boy” “America’s First Sports Superstar” “A New Look at John L. Sullivan”
Boston Irish Reporter: “Of Politicians and Pugilists”
Andover Townsman: “In the Ring with Boston’s Bare-Knuckle Boxer”
Salem News: “Author Discusses Boxer John L. Sullivan in Beverly”
Boston Irish Tourism Association Travel & Culture Guide Review of “Strong Boy”
Doghouse Boxing review of “Strong Boy”
Boxscore: In Days of Old, Sullivan Set the Mold
Irish Echo review of “Strong Boy”
Irish American Post: “Sullivan Book Packs Punch”
Irish America review of “Strong Boy”
Portland Daily Sun: Writer profiles “America’s First Sports Hero”
125 Years Ago Today, John L. Sullivan Stopped Jake Kilrain in Round 75
WBUR Cognoscenti: It’s Time for Boston to Honor John L. Sullivan The First U.S. Superstar
Public Domain Review: John L. Sullivan Fights America
Investor’s Business Daily: John L. Sullivan Brought Boxing to the Big Time
America Magazine: Irish-American Idol Fighting Irishman John L. Sullivan’s Epic Encounters Review
Historical Society of Old Abington invites local authors to share stories

Media Coverage
Interview with Boston Public Radio, 89.7 WGBH-FM with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan

Interview with Radio Boston, 90.9 WBUR-FM with Anthony Brooks

Interview with the Ringside Boxing Show, KRXA-AM

“Art of Manliness” Podcast: The Life of John L. Sullivan with Christopher Klein
The Brad Bogner Show Podcast: Episode #131: Christopher Klein
“Fieldstone Common” Podcast: FC 75 “Strong Boy” with Christopher Klein

Book Information
TITLE: Strong Boy: The Life and Times of John L. Sullivan, America’s First Sports Hero
AUTHOR: Christopher Klein
PUBLISHER: Lyons Press
DATE OF PUBLICATION: November 5, 2013
ISBN-13: 978-0762781522
PAGES: 368 plus 16-page photo insert

Press Release
Strong Boy Press Release PDF

Christopher Klein is a history and travel writer and the author of two previous books—Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands and The Die-Hard Sports Fan’s Guide to Boston. A frequent contributor to the Boston Globe and, he has also written for the New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Harvard Magazine, Red Sox Magazine,,, and He lives in Andover, Massachusetts, with his wife and two children. Visit his website at

For a longer biography, click here.

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Book Cover
Strong Boy Cover

John L. Sullivan photograph
01_Strong_BoyCredit: Library of Congress

Author Photographs
Christopher Klein HeadshotCredit: Erin Klein

Chris Klein_Castle Island 8Credit: Shelby Larsson

Chris Klein_BWCredit: Shelby Larsson

Contact Information
Christopher Klein is available for interviews, speaking engagements, and appearances. E-mail him at

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