It brings a sense of place, culture, simplicity and truth to a society that has in many ways grown jaded and insensitive to the basics of life, good friends, truth, honor and patriotism
Richard, TX (PRWEB) January 04, 2013
Roy Harris stood in the boxing ring in Los Angeles one August night in 1958, facing the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world, Floyd Patterson, who, at the time, had earned that crown at an earlier age than any other man in history. Roy, however, faced a psychological handicap met by few other heavyweight challengers: how could a rustic backwoodsman turned gentleman-scholar-soldier cope with such a challenge? What strange events had conspired to create the meeting of such a contrast in pugilistic antagonists? It is Roy’s story that he and Robin Montgomery pen in his new memoir, “Roy Harris of Cut and Shoot: Texas Backwoods Battler” (published by iUniverse).
“Roy Harris of Cut and Shoot” is, in part, the story of how and why Roy Harris emerged from backwoods obscurity to the pinnacle of fistic heaven – a heavyweight title bout. But this is also the story of the rapidly vanishing breed that spawned and nourished him – the rugged individualistic frontiersmen from the oil-rich southeast Texas thicket country.
Today, Cut and Shoot is a growing community northeast of Houston. Roy has retired from illustrious careers not only in boxing, but as an attorney, real estate mogul and the county clerk of Montgomery County, Texas, for 28 years.
Roy’s personal memories are inserted throughout “Roy Harris of Cut and Shoot,” adding authenticity to this dramatic saga. “It brings a sense of place, culture, simplicity and truth to a society that has in many ways grown jaded and insensitive to the basics of life, good friends, truth, honor and patriotism,” Montgomery states.
“Roy Harris of Cut and Shoot: Texas Backwoods Battler”
By Roy Harris and Robin Montgomery
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 302 pages | ISBN 9781475960679 |
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 302 pages | ISBN 9781475960662 |
E-Book | 302 pages | ISBN 9781475960686 |
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Authors
Roy Harris, attorney-at-law, married Gloria Jean Groce in 1955, and the two had six children. He excelled in a variety of careers. In recent years, the Conroe City Council declared August 18 – the date on which he fought for the world’s heavyweight title in 1958 – as Roy Harris Day. He lives in Texas.
Robin Montgomery, Ph.D., earned his doctorate of philosophy in political science from the University of Oklahoma. He is president of the Texas Center for Regional Studies, and he is the author of nine previous books, dozens of articles, and newspaper columns on current events and local history. Montgomery is married and has four children.
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