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Heres a handsome book On Boxing by Joyce Carol Oates 118 pp Acknowledgments a ten-item bibliography there are several additional useful citations in the easily-scanned text many fine b w photos by John Ranard of gym locker-room and ring scenes The text is worked up from Oates articles in the New York Times Magazine June 16 1985 and the Ontario Review FallWinter 1986 Nice cover photo of champ in white robe exultant big- eyed author head shot on back flap by Jerry Bauer blurbs from Russell Banks Elizabeth Hardwick Edward Hoagland Sandra M Gilbert and Gay Talese That solemn style of title On XXX is simply a cataloguing device from Alexandria The librarian would label the scrolls that way Who knows maybe our great-grandchildren will put a Dewey Decimal number on their books as a nice touch A blemish on page 65 The history of boxing--of fighting--in America is very much one with the history of the black man in America It hardly needs be said that the armed services of recent times are comprised for the most part of black youths the majority of soldiers who fought and died in Vietnam were black I guess she means well Most of the soldiers who died in Viet Nam were Viets The majority of the total number of US soldiers who died in Viet Nam plus those who died elsewhere of wounds received in Viet Nam were white Most of todays US armed services personnel are not Afro-American What the celebrated fiction writer is getting at is the proposition that black Americans died in fighting in Viet Nam out of all proportion to their representation in the total US population For debate and fine points on that thesis see Age Ethnicity and Class in the Viet Nam War Evidence from the Casualties file by Brady Foust and Howard Botts pp 22031 in Vol 3 No 4 of this newsletter and David Andersons paper at the
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