"Only in America: The Life and Crimes of Don King," by Jack Newfield. New York: William Morrow. 342 pages. $23 With his trademark electric hair and irresistible celebrity, the world has dismissed Don King as little more than a bright, self-promoting eccentric who dresses garishly, misquotes Shakespeare and jokes about his past as a one-time Cleveland bagman and convict.
Now, thanks to four years of tenacious research and a masterful job of storytelling by Jack Newfield, a longtime boxing fan and New York Post politics columnist, we get to see another side of this remarkably resilient rascal, who has virtually dominated boxing for two decades.
In this book that is part biography, part expose and part essay, Mr. Newfield makes King out to be a shameless cheat and cold-blooded killer who has gotten away with murder among a long list of other crimes.