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50 out of 5 stars the devil and sonny liston april 26 2010 format hardcover verified purchase i personally enjoyed the book i have never read anything about sonny liston i remember the fight that made him champion and the fight where he lost the title and the one with the phantom punch since reading the book. The devil and sonny liston is a biography of world heavyweight champion boxer sonny liston by nick tosches the books title is a reference to the story the devil and daniel webster tosches intended title was night train after one of listons favorite songs. A biography of the controversial fighter follows liston from the mean streets where he was a petty criminal to the heavyweight championship and his life as a pawn of organized crime by the author of power on earth reprint 25000 first printing to ask other readers questions about the devil and . Having written acclaimed biographies of dean martin and jerry lee lewis in the devil and sonny liston tosches turns his attention to a nonmusician an illiterate much maligned and feared boxer . The devil and sonny liston is an interesting look at an elusive star athlete and personality its nice to see someone supply answers to some of those questions about listons life budd bailey writes from buffalo new york