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The Fighting Jew by Wynn Wheldon

The Fighting Jew

The Life and Times of Daniel Mendoza, Champion Boxer

Wynn Wheldon

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Imprint: Amberley Publishing
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Publication date: 15 Oct 2019
ISBN: 9781445685731

The first full-length popular biography of one of the first boxing superstars. Mendoza transformed boxing from a mere brawl into the sweet science, and was a master manipulator of publicity and shaping public opinion. He exploited the anti-Semitic feelings of the day and in doing so raised the social profile of Jews in Great Britain.

3 stars out of 5
7 Dec 2019

"I was interested in the book. Would I recommend it? It’s a points decision, not a knock-out."

In many ways it is a familiar story: a rise to unheralded fame and riches and reverence, poorly dealt with and the gloomily inevitable precursor to physical decline, familial disappointment, financial incompetence and a sad demise. But it is fascinating nevertheless, and always fleshed out with the broader history of the time: American independence, industrial revolution, the French Revolution, wars between England and France and the abolition of the slave trade.