Why We Fight: One Man's Search for Meaning Inside the Ring

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5.8 X 8.2 X 1.0 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Josh Rosenblatt is a writer and journalist whose work has appeared in VICE, the Texas Observer, and the Austin Chronicle. Between 2012 and 2014 he was the editor-in-chief of Fightland, VICE Media's mixed martial arts publication. Josh lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Katchen.


"Fascinating . . . a highly lucid, very personal meditation on selfhood." -- NPR Books

"Glistens with illuminations about courage and aging. The aim was self-transformation. Win or lose, it was mission accomplished." -- Wall Street Journal

"A story of perilous becoming." -- Los Angeles Times

"A book worth reading not only for those who enjoy MMA and other forms of professional fighting, but for those who are baffled as to why such a bloody sport would ever be appealing. . . . Rosenblatt's observations about being a Jewish athlete are also quite timely." -- Salon

"Rosenblatt offers much food for thought in this intellectual memoir blending sports and self-transformation." -- Library Journal

"A very entertaining and informative chronicle of a quixotic journey of self-examination." -- Booklist

"Over the last several years I've read quite a few books by thoughtful men and women about the lure of various forms of fighting. Josh Rosenblatt's Why We Fight is much the best of this mini-genre." -- David Shields, author of The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead

"This is a terrific story--funny and scary and moving--as well as a thoughtful meditation on bravery, violence, pain, aging, and how getting hit in the face can change your life for the better." -- Paul Bloom, Yale University, author of Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion

"'But I was tired of myself, so I said yes.' And thus begins Rosenblatt's journey from chicken to beast. I loved this book mostly for its gorgeous restraint. It ain't a macho brag but rather a piece of Old Testament prophecy. A clarion call advocating the importance of physicality." -- Chas Smith, author of Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to Hell: A True Story of Violence, Corruption, and the Soul of Surfing

"Erudite." -- Publishers Weekly