The Murder of Sonny Liston

Author: Shaun Assael
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 039916975X
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Cashing in on his fading notoriety in the casinos, he is also dealing drugs, working as an enforcer for a crime syndicate, and trying to break into Hollywood as an action star. Along the way, he has a boxer's faith that he can duck any threat, slip any punch. Heroin addiction is the only knockout punch he doesn't see coming. On January 5, 1971, Liston was found dead in his home, with heroin in his blood, from what Las Vegas police speculated was a drug overdose. But Liston's closest friends never believed that he accidentally OD'd. They believed he was murdered. In the decades since, a cottage industry of theories has hung over his death. But none have been substantiated. By digging deep into the life Liston tried hard to hide, investigative journalist Shaun Assael treats Liston's death as a cold case.

The Devil and Sonny Liston

Author: Nick Tosches
Publisher: Back Bay Books
ISBN: 9780316897464
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A biography of the controversial fighter follows Liston from the mean streets, where he was a petty criminal, to the heavyweight championship and his life as a pawn of organized crime. By the author of Power on Earth. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

Night Train

Author: Nick Tosches
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780140279788
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In 1962, Sonny Liston became boxing's world heavyweight champion. He was a poor plantation boy and a bruiser for the mob who had done time for armed robbery, but he had fought his way to the top. Those he met in the ring said he was unstoppable, even dangerous. Sonny, however, knew differently.

The Devil and Sonny Liston

Author: Nick Tosches
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9780316897754
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A biography of the controversial fighter follows Liston from the mean streets, where he was a petty criminal, to the heavyweight championship and his life as a pawn of organized crime. By the author of Power on Earth. 40,000 first printing.

Sonny Liston Was a Friend of Mine

Author: Thom Jones
Publisher: Back Bay Books
ISBN: 9780316093057
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The author's world encompasses dilapidated fight arenas, state mental hospitals & chaotic emergency rooms. The inhabitants are his brilliantly etched characters, who battle desperately against fate in a game of life they cannot win but dare not lose. As we approach the end of the century & the millennium, no one writes better or more vividly than Jones does about the personal, private apocalypses we all face in our darkest moments. In one story, a Vietnam vet, a Recon Marine, swims alone across the English Channel, the Straits of Gibraltar, & the Bosporus to maintain "the edge" that kept him alive in wartime - & that is all he now has left. In another, a brilliant doctor verges on a breakdown. In the title story, a young amateur fighter stoically endures repetitive beatings because he knows the world of boxing shields & protects him from the even crueler world outside of the ring. A number of these stories have appeared in different forms in the New Yorker, Playboy, & Esquire.

Sonny Liston

Author: Rob Steen
Publisher: Jr Books Limited
ISBN: 9781906217815
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A biography of the controversial fighter follows Liston from the mean streets where he was a petty criminal, to the heavyweight championship and the tragic end of his life.

Sonny Liston in a New Light

Author: Paul Gallender
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780998538402
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Muhammad Ali was pushing 60 when I saw him on the Today Show. Matt Lauer asked Ali what he considered to be his greatest accomplishment in or out of the ring. -Beating Sonny Liston, - was the response. Surprised by the answer, Lauer asked the question again, putting more emphasis on the out of the ring part. -Beating Sonny Liston, - Ali said, as matter-of-factly as he did the first time. Gilbert Rogin's characterization of Liston as -the nearest piece of talent to Godzilla- was the way most boxing people felt about Sonny before and while he was champion. Angelo Dundee said Liston stood over the heavyweight division like -a colossus.- When Joe Louis said, -Nobody's gonna beat Liston 'cept old age, - there was no reason to think otherwise. And then the impossible happened. Sonny took the biggest fall in the history of sports. In a span of fifteen months in the mid-1960's, heavyweight champion Charles -Sonny- Liston went from being unbeatable to being unmercifully seen as a pariah. Today, the memories of Liston are little more than a footnote to Muhammad Ali's career. The photograph of Ali standing over Liston has defined Sonny for half a century. It has so obscured his talent and character that people seem far more interested in knowing how Sonny died than how he lived. Sonny Liston In A New Light is a penetrating look at boxing's first super heavyweight, a man who was tagged as too big, too black and too fierce for most of America in the 1950's and 1960's. This is the story of who Sonny Liston really was and a remarkable glimpse into who he has become. It is unlike any book you have ever read.

Flying Over Sonny Liston

Author: Gary Short
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
ISBN: 9780874172850
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A collection of poems exploring the theme of being human in the modern western world. It focuses on survival in harsh environments such as the desert or the landscape of the soul, with a movement from despair to realization, from compassion to forgiveness from the graces of mercy, hope and trust.