The Harder They Fall – Budd Shulberg 1947 | 1st Edition


  • Author: Budd Shulberg
  • Publisher: Random House, NY, 1947
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Condition: Good
  • Size: 8vo
  • Attributes: First Edition

First edition, first printing. Black cloth with red lettering. Spine sunned, minor rubbing to bottom rear board. Binding tight, interior fine, unmarked. A Good or better copy.

“The quintessential novel of boxing and corruption.” (USA Today).
 “Toro” Molina certainly looks the part. He’s built like the Minotaur, but few would guess at the fear consuming the Argentine farmer and former circus performer after he’s brought to the United States to be the next heavyweight champion of the world. The problem is that Molina can’t box at all. But monstrous fight promoter Nick Latka fixes every fight on the way to the championship, and builds Toro’s renown with the help of cynical sports journalist Ed Lewis and a host of lackeys. First published in 1947, The Harder They Fall stands as a powerful exposé of professional boxing by one of the sport’s true poet laureates.

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