• How Was Sonny Liston When He Died?
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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 days

 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.

Four Stars

 on 6 April 2018
By JohnKFox
Good atmospheric read… murder or drug overdose!? Still not sure.

Five Stars

 on 1 October 2017
By Amazon Customer
Brilliant read, in depth information about the mob, and fightfixing.

Five Stars

 on 21 March 2018
By Angus/malcolmnews.
A Great Read.

Sonny

 on 11 September 2017
By Gerard Darcy
Good solid sports writing

Five Stars

 on 3 July 2018
By Susan HarrisonAmazon Customer
Excellent book, certainly opened my eyes

Five Stars

 on 8 March 2018
By Amazon Customer
Excellent read recomend to any boxing fans.

Corruption in Boxing

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

Great book

 on 12 June 2018
By Nick
Great book, intriguing insight into the corruption of the boxing world in the 60’s and 70’s
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