NEW eBook on Harry Greb, 1919/BOOK TRAILER

Jan 12, 2013
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The title is SMOKESTACK LIGHTNING: HARRY GREB, 1919. And there is no damn excuse not to buy it because it's only $7.99 to download. It's been germinating for 7 years or so in my head because 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the year Greb went 45-0.

This is an eBook ~94 pages, but had it been longer or shorter, I'd have done violence to it. You can order it on Amazon and read it on your phone, computer, kindle, whatever. It may be the best thing I've done so far.

Consider pre-ordering now to help my stats!

Book trailer:

 
Jun 4, 2013
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Yeah, man, I'm not a book kind of guy, but I'll shoot you a buy as soon as I get a paycheck. By the way, I hope this doesn't reaveal anything, but what did you use to research the book?
 
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This is an eBook ~94 pages, but had it been longer or shorter, I'd have done violence to it. You can order it on Amazon and read it on your phone, computer, kindle, whatever. It may be the best thing I've done so far.
Is it only available by internet/computer?

My father liked your "Gods of War" book and I'd like to buy him this as well, but he wouldn't be able to read anything on-line.
 
Jan 12, 2013
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Yeah, man, I'm not a book kind of guy, but I'll shoot you a buy as soon as I get a paycheck. By the way, I hope this doesn't reaveal anything, but what did you use to research the book?
If you're not a book kind of guy, then this book is definitely for you. Most are reading it in one or two sittings and there's a ton of photographs.

As per the research, well, to begin with, I went to Pittsburgh -walked about 16 miles throughout the city to find sites familiar to Greb. Held his signed will in my hands at the "Wills/Orphans" department at the City-County building, spent hours at the Carnegie library pouring over microfilm and photographs, got his marriage license from the Allegheny Department of Court Records; sought and got U.S Census reports, PA Bureau of Vital Stats, sacramental records from the Diocese of Pittsburgh, real estate and land records, read about 10 books to understand the era and to make sure I was accurate with the context, interviewed his great granddaughter, examined records at Calvary Cemetery; examined correspondence with Roy McHugh, who was about 100 years old at the time and who lived in Pittsburgh and was a famed sportswriter there. There's more, but you get the idea.

The point of the book is to follow him during 1919 and to get an idea of his personality -of what made him tick. I went into it believing that Greb is the greatest fighter since 1920 and came out of believing that he is greater than I thought.
 
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Jan 12, 2013
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Is it only available by internet/computer?

My father liked your "Gods of War" book and I'd like to buy him this as well, but he wouldn't be able to read anything on-line.
Thank you. This one just came out in paperback. Get that on Amazon. If you are in the U.S. get In the Cheap Seats and Murderers' Row on my website -SpringsToledo dot com, where they're cheapest.
 
Jun 4, 2013
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If you're not a book kind of guy, then this book is definitely for you. Most are reading it in one or two sittings and there's a ton of photographs.

As per the research, well, to begin with, I went to Pittsburgh -walked about 16 miles throughout the city to find sites familiar to Greb. Held his signed will in my hands at the "Wills/Orphans" department at the City-County building, spent hours at the Carnegie library pouring over microfilm and photographs, got his marriage license from the Allegheny Department of Court Records; sought and got U.S Census reports, PA Bureau of Vital Stats, sacramental records from the Diocese of Pittsburgh, real estate and land records, read about 10 books to understand the era and to make sure I was accurate with the context, interviewed his great granddaughter, examined records at Calvary Cemetery; examined correspondence with Roy McHugh, who was about 100 years old at the time and who lived in Pittsburgh and was a famed sportswriter there. There's more, but you get the idea.

The point of the book is to follow him during 1919 and to get an idea of his personality -of what made him tick. I went into it believing that Greb is the greatest fighter since 1920 and came out of believing that he is greater than I thought.
No for sure, you're just scratching the surface. Man, that's some PhD in humanities-level shit. Good stuff. I'll shoot you a buy for sure when I get my first paycheck or whatever in September. I'm always willing to help a fellow forum-dweller/boxing historian out.
 
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