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Why we fight : one man's search for meaning inside the ring

Rosenblatt, Josh2019
"Josh Rosenblatt was thirty-three years old when he first realized he wanted to fight. A lifelong pacifist with a philosopher's hatred of violence and a dandy's aversion to exercise, he drank to excess, smoked passionately, ate indifferently, and mocked any physical activity that didn't involve nudity. But deep down there was always a part of him that was dying to know what it was like to hit and get hit, to harm and be harmed. He sensed that to fight would be to live life deeply. So, after studying Muay Thai, Krav Maga, Brazilian jiujitsu, and boxing for nearly a decade, he finally decided, at age forty, that it was time to fight a mixed martial arts match: all in the name of experience and transcending ancient fears. An insightful and moving rumination on the nature of fighting, Why We Fight takes us on Rosenblatt's journey from the bleachers to the ring. Using his own training as an opportunity to understand how the sport illuminates basic human impulses, Rosenblatt weaves together cultural history, criticism, biology, and anthropology to understand what happens to the human body and mind when under attack, and to explore why he, a self-described cowardly boy from the suburbs, discovered so much meaning in putting his body, and others', at risk."--Inside dust jacket.
New York : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
207 pages ; 22 cm.
Linking notes:
Online version Rosenblatt, Josh. Why we fight. New York : Ecco, 2019
Dewey class:
LocationCollectionCall numberStatus/Desc
Beaumaris LibraryAdult Non Fiction - Leisure796.8 ROSAvailable
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