Kram begins his saga in the present, looking at the different kinds of isolation that currently surround each man's life, then dances back and forth through time to spar with just who these warriors have been and how they came to be the icons, for better or worse, they became. Ghosts of Manila is more than a twin biography, though; it is an often haunting meditation on how much we project onto our athletes, and how destructive the projections can be. As much as any punishment sustained in three of the most brutal title fights in heavyweight history, the baggage--personal and societal--that Ali and Frazier carried into and out of the ring changed them physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Did Ali earn all the love? Did Frazier deserve all the scorn? To answer the questions, Kram bravely goes toe to toe with Ali worship and Ali's myth. His daring rewards us with knockout profiles of two legends more complex and real than mere iconography might allow. --Jeff Silverman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The above headline to this review "A book about two men who tried publicly on T.V. no less to legally murder one another in the ring! Read morePublished 11 days ago by Sugafoot
I liked the book in general, but the author's vocabulary and unnecessarily complicated phraseology ruined it for me.Published 4 months ago by Robert Barday
You don't know anything about Ali unless you read this. It really get beneath the surface of one the great warriors and polemic social figures of the last century. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Adam T. Weber
This was a great read! The author worked hard to dig deep into the lives of both fighters, and their rivalry. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Morris E. Graham
I have read several books about Ali & Frazier and this is one of the best. Good fair treatment of each fighterPublished 6 months ago by Chuckles
If you can suffer through 300 pages of the author's pompous and pedantic style, the are still insights to b e achieved regarding The Champ.Published 7 months ago by Stranded in Salt Lke
I didn't even finish half. I don't need to read a boxing book by someone who is trying to be Shakespeare. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kevin Foley
History will remember Muhammad Ali for his charisma, confidence, and courage in battling Parkinson's Disease. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is one of the greatest boxing books ever written. For get it if you don't like the style or choice of works ; it tells the truth , period. Read morePublished 10 months ago by sonnylistonmichael