Ladies and Gentlemen, "The Gods of War"

BY The Sweet Science ON April 28, 2014
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gods f17e2Award-winning essayist and boxing historian Springs Toledo is pleased to announce the release of his new book, The Gods of War.

Reading enthusiasts are invited to experience what has been described as “warrior poetry.”

Sports fans are in for a treat.

Critics of the sweet science will see for themselves what the allure is as legendary champions and contenders punch holes through the pages, and at times even touch the heart.

Included in the book is an unforgettable presentation of Toledo’s findings for the top-ten greatest fighters of the modern era. Be warned—“The greatest of all time” is neither Muhammad Ali nor Sugar Ray Robinson. The “god of war” is someone beyond their reach, a true anomaly of the ring.

Ernest Hemingway, Jack London, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Wright, Norman Mailer, and A.J. Liebling have made boxing writing the pound-for-pound best in sports. Springs Toledo just threw a brick through their window.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Springs Toledo is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America, International Boxing Research Organization, International Boxing Hall of Fame Committee, a founding member of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and is a featured contributor to TheSweetScience.com.

He was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. The Gods of War: Boxing Essays (Tora, hardcover, 218 pages) is now available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Signed or inscribed copies are $25 (additional shipping charges outside the
continental US). Please contact the author at scalinatella@hotmail.com.

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deepwater2 says:

It has to be Greb!

Radam G says:

Congrats to Grandmaster Pug Journalist S-To. He da MAN! Nuff said! Holla!

Radam G says:

BTW, I'm gonna holla at 'em Gods of War. and they will sneak to me that the greatest pug of all time is the one-and-only Guglielmo Papaleo. Better known as Willie "Will o' the Wisp" Pep. Holla!

deepwater2 says:

I rank Greb and Mickey Walker above Sugar Ray on my All Time P4P list. Pep is right there.

brownsugar says:

Is it Larry Holmes?....lol..... I can't vouch for any of those ancient "Paul Bunyonesque" dudes... But I'm sure its going to be fascinating reading.

brownsugar says:

Looking forward to getting a copy.

oubobcat says:

Looking forward to getting a copy.


Same here, sounds like a very interesting read.

ArneK. says:

Without having read "The Gods of War" -- and I certainly will -- I give it two thumbs up.

The writing of Springs Toledo harks to the best writing of Jimmy Cannon, particularly a long paean to Archie Moore that ran in the New York Post in 1955. By coincidence, I read the piece again yesterday, culling it out of a book titled "Who Struck John?," one of several Cannon anthologies.

Jimmy Cannon was a heck of a sportswriter, but he was less a sportswriter than an urban poet. He was at his best writing about under-appreciated artists, be they boxers or musicians or songbirds toiling in late-night dives. No newspaper writer wrote more poignantly about loneliness.

I have no doubt that Springs Toledo is a fan of Jimmy Cannon. And if Cannon were alive today, he would be a fan of Springs Toledo.

dino da vinci says:

Pertaining to great writers somebody once said something to the effect 'Once you achieve greatness there is no best, just different'. So please note that when it states: Ernest Hemingway, Jack London, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Wright, Norman Mailer, and A.J. Liebling have made boxing writing the pound-for-pound best in sports. Springs Toledo just threw a brick through their window. This is just not true.

It was a cinder block.

Radam G says:

Pertaining to great writers somebody once said something to the effect 'Once you achieve greatness there is no best, just different'. So please note that when it states: Ernest Hemingway, Jack London, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Wright, Norman Mailer, and A.J. Liebling have made boxing writing the pound-for-pound best in sports. Springs Toledo just threw a brick through their window. This is just not true.

It was a cinder block.


No it was drone missile that went through that window. Hehe!Holla!

Carmine Cas says:

Very excited to read this book

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