Dark Trade: Lost in Boxing

Donald McRae (Author)


From the pages of Dark Trade

"There're a lot of people you have to keep away from, a lot of people who want to bring you down. They're cheats and critics wherever you look."--Oscar De LA Hoya

"I still love boxing because I want to be the very best. But you can also make a lot of money if you love your work. So I thank GOD each and everyday that I have a job I would do for free."--Evander Holyfield

"There were enough precedents in boxing history to suggest that a father was rarely the best judge in building his sons career. Where some fight-fathers are braver than their sons, others are overly cautious."--Donald McCrae (author)

"Most boxers remain victims. Deep down they know they're fated to lose. It does not matter how many millions they make or how many worlds titles they might win. In the end, almost always, no matter how hard they train or obstain boxing gets them."--Donald McCrae (author)

"'Hello, Mike, '" I said. 'Yeah, ' he answered as he tapped me on the shoulder with a bunched fist. It didn't even hurt. 'We talkin'?' I nodded. Tyson grunted and swept past me into the gym. The door slammed behind him and his entourage. I was alone again, and it felt like I had, somehow, survived round one."--Donald McCrae (author)

Product Details

$29.99  $27.59
Hamilcar Publications
Publish Date
February 26, 2019
6.4 X 9.1 X 1.8 inches | 0.02 pounds

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About the Author

Donald McRae is an award-winning author of eleven non-fiction books which have featured compelling boxers, pioneering heart surgeons, and legendary trial lawyers. He has twice won the UK's William Hill Sports Book of the Year for Dark Trade: Lost in Boxing and In Black White: The Secret History of Joe Louis and Jesse Owens. McRae is a three-time Interviewer of the Year winner and he has twice won the Feature Writer of the Year for his work in The Guardian - most recently in 2018. Having been born and raised in South Africa, McRae's writing career began when, aged 21, he started a music magazine while working as a white teacher in the black township of Soweto. This led to him being offered work in London - and over the last thirty years his writing has been as versatile as it has been commended. His books have been praised consistently for their intimacy of tone and breadth of research as he draws the reader deep inside the heads of his extraordinary subjects. Whether writing a memoir of life under apartheid, a sporting biography or riveting drama set in the courtroom or surgical theatre, the humanity of Donald McRae's characters is always evident.


"For fans of the sport, [McRae's] illuminating book exploring this fierce world may rival the works of such famed boxing writers as Bert Sugar, Norman Mailer, and A.J. Liebling...Engaging and eloquent."--Kirkus Reviews
"McRae brings to the highly charged, obsessive world of professional boxing a novelist's eye and ear for revealing detail and convincingly recalled dialogue. This is an impassioned book."--Joyce Carol Oates, LA Times--Joyce Carol Oates