Book review: The Harder they Fall

A true period piece and a classic of boxing literature.

Schulberg’s memorable prose tells the thinly disguised, horrifying tale of former world heavyweight champion Primo Carnera – although in the book the unfortunate Italian is portrayed as innocent Argentinian Toro Moreno.

The book was made into an excellent film of the same name in 1956, the movie starring Humphrey Bogart.

Boxing fans should not miss either the book or the film.

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