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In extraordinary detail, Remnick depicts Ali as a creation of his own imagination as we follow the willful and mercurial young Cassius Clay from his boyhood and watch him hone and shape himself to a figure who would eventually command center stage in one of the most volatile decades in our history. To Remnick it seems clear that Ali's greatest accomplishment is to prove beyond a doubt that not only is it possible to challenge the implacable forces of the establishment (the noir-ish, gangster-ridden fight game and the ethos of a whole country) but, with the right combination of conviction and talent, to triumph over these forces. --Fred Haefele --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I don't know about the rest of you but I finished this book losing a lot of respect for Ali. I'm not sure how you can just skim over him being such a hypocrite. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chris Savage
I hate boxing, but David Remnick created a fascinating panorama of that time period in U.S. history. I couldn't put the book down. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Puck the Reader
I have been a fan of Ali most of my life watched his fights. As a kid I watched his fights and admired his stance against the Vietnam war. Read morePublished 3 months ago by jay seslowe
The author had great insight into Muhammad Ali's life. Changed some of my perceptions of Ali. Easy to read.Published 4 months ago by Daisy Brown
David Remnick won a Pulitzer for this book and he absolutely deserves it. If you read just one book about in my opinion the greatest heavy weight champ to ever grace the canvas... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sugafoot
Terrific book! Remnick does an excellent job of profiling Ali, Liston and Patterson, and placing them vividly in the context of their times.Published 6 months ago by Peter McCartin