THE HARDER THEY FALL. Inscribed.New York: Random House, 1947.
1st Edition. Excellent Presentation Copy. First Edition. 8vo., 343pp. A very good or better copy showing light use in a near fine dust jacket. Inscribed by the author in blue ink on the front free endpaper to Hall of Fame sportswriter Jimmy Cannon dated in the year of publication: "For Jimmy, / who takes a game / with athletes and makes a world / with people / With admiration and warm / regards / Budd / July 15 1947". An explosive novel exposing the fight world's manipulation of prizefighters by their managers & racketeers. Basis for the critical 1956 Mark Robson directed film noir starring Rod Steiger, Max Baer, Sr. & Humphrey Bogart in his strong final role. An excellent unique Association Copy linking Schulberg & Cannon; two of America's greatest [sports] writers - both listed in the International Boxing Hall Of Fame. Schulberg is the only non-boxer honored as a "Living Legend of Boxing" by the World Boxing Association.
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