Ronald K. Fried is the author of two novels, My Father's Fighter and Christmas in Paris 2002, as well as Corner Men, a history of boxing trainers. He is currently at work on a novel about the gangster Frank Costello.​

BLOODY TRAIL

John J. Binder is an assiduous—and often contrarian—historian of the gang wars that plagued Chicago, and in a new book he sets the record straight on just who shot whom and why.

SECRET LIVES

Charley Burley was denied his shot at fame in segregated America, and ended up as a sanitation worker. But his dignity and character would end up inspiring one of the best plays about sports.