Men’s Club Book Group
Barney Ross by Douglas Century
|ur 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.
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