Thorndike Press

Unbeaten: Rocky Marciano's Fight for Perfection in a Crooked World

  • Mike Stanton
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  • ISBN-10: 1432853147
  • ISBN-13: 9781432853143
  • DDC: B
  • Shipping Weight: 1.80 lbs ( .82 kgs)
  • 698 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released July 2018
  • Simultaneous Publications

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A New York Times Bestselling Author
A Library Journal Best Book of the Year
A Boston Globe Best Book of the Year
A Wall Street Journal “Reader Favorite”

The son of poor Italian immigrants, with short arms and stubby legs, Rocky Marciano accomplished a feat that eluded legendary heavyweight champions like Joe Louis, Jack Dempsey, Muhammad Ali, and Mike Tyson: He never lost a professional fight. His record was a perfect 49-0.

Unbeaten is the story of this remarkable champion who overcame injury, doubt, and the schemes of corrupt promoters to win the title in a bloody and epic battle with Jersey Joe Walcott in 1952. Rocky packed a devastating punch with an innocent nickname, “Suzie Q,” against which there was no defense. As the champ, he came to know presidents and movie stars — and the organized crime figures who dominated the sport, much to his growing disgust. He may have “stood out in boxing like a rose in a garbage dump,” as one sportswriter said, but he also fought his own private demons.

In the hands of the award-winning journalist and biographer Mike Stanton, Unbeaten is more than just a boxing story. It’s a classic American tale of immigrant dreams, exceptional talent wedded to exceptional ambitions, compromises in the service of a greater good, astounding success, disillusionment, and a quest to discover what it all meant. Like Suzie Q, it will knock you off your feet.