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The Good Son - The Life of Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini-logo

The Good Son - The Life of Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini

Mark Kriegel

From the bestselling, critically acclaimed author of Namath and Pistol comes another remarkable biography-the life of Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini. In the early 1980s, Mancini was more than the lightweight champ. He was a national hero. Sinatra fawned over him. Warren Zevon wrote a tribute song. Sylvester Stallone produced his life story as a movie of the week. After all, an adoring public considered Boom Boom the real Rocky. Lenny Mancini-the original Boom Boom, as he was known-had been a lightweight contender himself before fragments of German mortar shell almost killed him in 1944. By winning the championship just as he vowed-for his wounded father-Ray produced his own feel-good fable for network television. But it all came apart in a brutal 1982 battle against an obscure Korean challenger. Deuk Koo Kim lost consciousness in the fourteenth round and died within days. Three months later, his despondent mother took her own life. The deaths would haunt Ray and ruin his image, turning boxing's All-American Boy into a pariah. Now, thirty years later, Kriegel finally uncovers the story's full dimensions, tracking the Mancini and Kim families across generations and excavating mysteries-from the killing of Mancini's brother to the fate of Kim's son. Even as the scenes move from Youngstown to New York, Las Vegas to Seoul, Reno to Hollywood, The Good Son remains an intimate history, a saga of fathers and fighters, loss and redemption.

From the bestselling, critically acclaimed author of Namath and Pistol comes another remarkable biography-the life of Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini. In the early 1980s, Mancini was more than the lightweight champ. He was a national hero. Sinatra fawned over him. Warren Zevon wrote a tribute song. Sylvester Stallone produced his life story as a movie of the week. After all, an adoring public considered Boom Boom the real Rocky. Lenny Mancini-the original Boom Boom, as he was known-had been a lightweight contender himself before fragments of German mortar shell almost killed him in 1944. By winning the championship just as he vowed-for his wounded father-Ray produced his own feel-good fable for network television. But it all came apart in a brutal 1982 battle against an obscure Korean challenger. Deuk Koo Kim lost consciousness in the fourteenth round and died within days. Three months later, his despondent mother took her own life. The deaths would haunt Ray and ruin his image, turning boxing's All-American Boy into a pariah. Now, thirty years later, Kriegel finally uncovers the story's full dimensions, tracking the Mancini and Kim families across generations and excavating mysteries-from the killing of Mancini's brother to the fate of Kim's son. Even as the scenes move from Youngstown to New York, Las Vegas to Seoul, Reno to Hollywood, The Good Son remains an intimate history, a saga of fathers and fighters, loss and redemption.
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From the bestselling, critically acclaimed author of Namath and Pistol comes another remarkable biography-the life of Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini. In the early 1980s, Mancini was more than the lightweight champ. He was a national hero. Sinatra fawned over him. Warren Zevon wrote a tribute song. Sylvester Stallone produced his life story as a movie of the week. After all, an adoring public considered Boom Boom the real Rocky. Lenny Mancini-the original Boom Boom, as he was known-had been a lightweight contender himself before fragments of German mortar shell almost killed him in 1944. By winning the championship just as he vowed-for his wounded father-Ray produced his own feel-good fable for network television. But it all came apart in a brutal 1982 battle against an obscure Korean challenger. Deuk Koo Kim lost consciousness in the fourteenth round and died within days. Three months later, his despondent mother took her own life. The deaths would haunt Ray and ruin his image, turning boxing's All-American Boy into a pariah. Now, thirty years later, Kriegel finally uncovers the story's full dimensions, tracking the Mancini and Kim families across generations and excavating mysteries-from the killing of Mancini's brother to the fate of Kim's son. Even as the scenes move from Youngstown to New York, Las Vegas to Seoul, Reno to Hollywood, The Good Son remains an intimate history, a saga of fathers and fighters, loss and redemption.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Holt McCallany

Length:

9h 20m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:37


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

11:52


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

24:39


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

19:30


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

17:17


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

18:08


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

25:25


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

26:18


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

24:25


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

14:32


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

16:03


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

17:52


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

18:52


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

22:27


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

20:51


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

12:19


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

18:17


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

21:09


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

26:10


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

21:18


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

23:41


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

21:27


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

19:11


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

22:22


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

20:24


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

24:16


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

18:01


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

21:59


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

10:08


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

01:21