Mike Silver is a noted authority on Jewish boxing history. His highly anticipated second book, "Stars in the Ring: Jewish Champions in the Golden Age of Boxing" (Lyons Press, 2016) is sure to become an instant classic. In 2004 he was curator for "Sting Like A Maccabee: The Golden Age of the American Jewish-Boxer" at The National Museum of American Jewish History (a Smithsonian affiliate), and in 2007 co-curator of "Jews, Boxing & Hollywood", a film and lecture series sponsored by The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. Mike has served as historical consultant and on-air commentator for 19 documentaries on boxing broadcast by ESPN, PBS, HBO, the History Channel, A & E, and Madison Square Garden-TV. He has written extensively about the sport for The Ring Magazine, The New York Times, Boxing Monthly and various boxing web sites. He is a former boxing promoter, Inspector with the New York State Athletic Commission, and a member of the International Boxing Research Organization.
The author's critically acclaimed first book "The Arc of Boxing: The Rise and Decline of the Sweet Science" (McFarland Publishing, 2009) described the socio-economic, demographic and environmental changes that have affected the quality, performance, training methods and psychology of professional boxers over the past 100 years. A panel of world renowned trainers and historians compared the strengths and weaknesses of today's superstar boxers to their counterparts of decades past. As Mike Silver says, "I did not write this book to add fuel to the 'old school' vs. 'new school' boxing debate. I wrote it to end the debate." Critics have praised "The Arc of Boxing" as a seminal work of extraordinary depth and intelligence.