The Murder of Sonny Liston: A Story of Fame, Heroin, Boxing & Las Vegas

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On December 30th, 1970, at the age of 38, former heavyweight champion Sonny Liston died from what Las Vegas police suspected was a heroin overdose.

When police arrived, they found a one-ounce balloon on Sonny's nightstand but the coroner quickly labelled Sonny's passing as death by natural causes. To this day, Liston's death hovers over Las Vegas and the sports world, leaving unanswered questions about his ties to powerful boxing promoters, billionaire hoteliers, mob kingpins and shadowy drug lords.

Reviving boxing's most infamous cold case to work out what really happened on that night in December over forty years ago, in The Murder of Sonny Liston: A Story of Fame, Heroin, Boxing & Las Vegas Shaun Assael examines the last mysterious year of Liston's life against the backdrop of a pivotal year in the history of Las Vegas. 1970 was the year that the mob turned a sleepy desert oasis into a cathedral of corporate gambling. Glittering new towers were rising along the strip, while race riots were devastating the black community, creating two very different cities for Sonny Liston to disappear into.

With key aspects of Liston's life previously ignored or glossed over, Assael takes a fresh look at Liston's complicated life, getting to the bottom of one of America's most enduring mysteries, while painting a stunning portrait of mob-run Las Vegas in the 1970s.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3441 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (20 Oct. 2016)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01CP72YOK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Sonny

 on 11 September 2017
By Gerard Darcy
Good solid sports writing

Corruption in Boxing

 on 19 August 2017
By Craig Hendry
Excellent inside information into Boxing corruption and Las Vegas in the 60s and 70s

Sonny days

2 people found this helpful.
 on 14 May 2017
By Jambro
Well researched and well written book about the heavyweight scene and how it affected a legend of Sonny Liston. For me, it uncovers a lot of newmaterial about Sonny and the world he frequented. There is one theory about him and Ali which blows my mind. It will be evident when you read it. Enjoy it. Four star – because it answers a lot of questions but asked new questions which lay unanswered.

Enjoyable book

One person found this helpful.
 on 3 March 2017
By Mr P S Harry
I don’t read often and have tried getting back into regular reading failing time after time

A Great Boxing Mystery.

9 people found this helpful.
 on 20 October 2016
By Dr Barry Clayton
This book, by a sports journalist is an excellent attempt to dissect the circumstances surrounding the death of a great Heavyweight boxer. Prior to the arrival of Ali, Liston had been regarded as something extraordinary Joe Louis said he was one of the all time greats. Ali said beating Liston was his most significant accomplishment. Liston for a while towered over his division like a colossus ; he was likened to Godzilla. From 1959 to 1963 he was unbeatable. A powerful man with massive hands, it was said that cards in his hands looked like stamps, and the best left jab in the business he ruled the Heavyweight division. He then took the biggest fall in the history of the game, and many others, when he was forced, or so it is claimed, to lay down against Ali in their rematch for the title. Many highly respected boxing commentators believe that Liston would have beaten Ali if that fight, originally scheduled for the previous November, had not been rescheduled because Ali had to have an urgent hernia operation. Liston’s reputation, career and legacy went down with him. And since that day many cruel and spiteful things have been said about him. Neil Leifer’s famous photograph of Liston lying on the canvas looking up at Ali has defined him ever since.

Five Stars

 on 3 February 2017
By joseph stokes
Very pleased with my purchase

Good buy

 on 12 February 2017
By Darryl Lee
Good book enjoyed

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