Things We Like: Jim Waltzer's "The Battle of the Century" & More

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The Battle of the Century: Dempsey, Carpentier, and the Birth of the Modern Promotion

By Jim Waltzer
Praeger, 204 pages

Main Line Today contributor Jim Waltzer bangs out an impeccably researched, no-nonsense retelling of the “Battle of the Century,” the 1921 Dempsey-Carpentier heavyweight championship. A veteran newspaper scribe and published novelist, Waltzer crafts a propulsive narrative from an array of sources, taking readers down a twisting path studded with colorful characters—one that leads to an unprecedented mass-entertainment spectacle.

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