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Barney Ross
Barney Ross
The Life Of A Jewish Fighter


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Number of Pages:240



Barney Ross’s story is the stuff of legend. At 13, Dov-Ber Rasofsky witnessed his father’s murder, his mother’s nervous breakdown, and the dispatching of his three younger siblings to an orphanage. Vowing to reunite the family, Ross became a petty thief, a messenger boy for Al Capone, and, eventually, an amateur boxer. Turning professional at 19, he would capture three titles in his 10-year career. In 1941, at the age of 32, Ross requested combat duty in the U.S. Marine Corps and earned a Silver Star for his heroic actions at Guadalcanal. While recovering from war wounds and malaria he became addicted to morphine, a habit he would finally kick. Ross also ran guns to Palestine and offered to lead a brigade of Jewish American war veterans. This galvanizing account of Ross’ emblematic life is a revelation of both an extraordinary athlete and a remarkable man.