Donald Dewey is a wonderful story teller. And Ray Arcel's is a wonderful story. Dewey, whom everyone knows for his baseball books and biographies of actors, branches out here to recount the life of boxing's greatest trainer. Arcel's career spanned from the 1920s to the 1980s -- with an important hiatus from the 1950s to the 1970s. He was in the corner for 18 champions, including Barney Ross, Benny Leonard, Jimmy Braddock, Tony Zale, and Ezzard Charles -- names that thrill an old boxing fan. But this is more than a ringside biography. Dewey uncovered never before told stories about the personal life of the secretive Arcel, who was as abstemious in his personal habits as others in the ring world he inhabited were self indulgent. While promoting matches for ABC in the early 1950s, Arcel fell afoul of organizaed crime, which had an interest in a rival television outlet for boxing and suffered a severe beating. That's when he retired only to return to the ring to work with Roberto Duran (Yes he was there for the infamous "No mas" incident) and with Larry Holmes (for his dramatic title defense against Gerry Cooney). Dewey's Ray Arcel: A Boxing Biography is a major contribution to the literature of a sport that has over the years attracted some of the best American writers.