Fat City by Leonard Gardner

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Beloved by Joan Didion and Denis Johnson, this 1969 novel is one of the best books about boxing, one of the best books about sport, and maybe just one of the best books, period. It follows two small-time boxers in their quest for glory: one is a vet with little to show for the punches he's taken, the other is a novice whose ambition is at odds with his skills. Their education in life's beatings takes place in an unforgettable dead-end milieu of rundown Stockton gyms and bars which have never known sunlight. It's powerful, poetic, unforgettable.

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By Leonard Gardner, Denis Johnson (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590178928
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Published: NYRB Classics - September 8th, 2015

Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman

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For years I promised myself I would read this book. When I did, I felt like a void had been filled. A novel about World War II's most important battle by one who was there, a searing indictment of Stalin written right under the dictator's moustache, its manuscript was considered a threat to the existence of the Soviet Union itself. Grossman didn't live to see it published. His moving, lyrical story of one family's survival during the 20th century's nadir, however, is a lasting testament to everything that great books are capable of doing. Do not deny yourself one of life's most singular experiences.

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By Vasily Grossman, Robert Chandler (Translated by), Polly Jones (Introduction by)
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593321263
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Published: Everyman's Library - May 24th, 2022

The Achilles Trap by Steve Coll

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The Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and the U.S. always had a, uh, complicated relationship, even before our invasion in 2003. Coll's new history draws on interviews with insiders—including the head of the Iraqi nuclear program and numerous CIA agents—as well as Hussein's own recordings of his cabinet meetings. This isn't just a brilliant blow-by-blow of diplomatic chess in a post-Cold War world. It's also a riveting true-life thriller that will have readers turning pages at lightning speed.

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$35.00
ISBN: 9780525562269
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Published: Penguin Press - February 27th, 2024

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