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Men’s Club Book Group
Barney Ross by Douglas Century
Tuesday, Jan 8th, 2008 9 A.M.

One East 65th Street

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our January session will focus on Barney Ross, a biography of the Jewish champion boxer and World War II hero, written by journalist Douglas Century. Born Dov Ber Rasofsky, Barney Ross grew up in a tough Chicago neighborhood. To survive, he became a petty thief, gambler and errand boy for Al Capone. At 19, he became a professional boxer, joining a generation of Jewish boxers in the 1920s and 30s. When World War II began, Ross enlisted in the marines, becoming a hero of the battle of Guadalcanal.

For more about this book, including an excerpt, an interview with the author and a reader’s guide, visit the Nextbook Jewish Encounters Web site.
DOUGLAS CENTURY is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, among many other publications. He also is the author of Street Kingdom and Takedown (with Rick Cowan). Born and raised in Canada, Mr. Century lives in New York City.

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