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Gr 7 Up-An introduction to Ali's life from his childhood to the present day, focusing on his career and the controversies surrounding him. Both his talent in the boxing ring and his showmanship earned him international fame, while his refusal to accept the stereotypical role of a black athletic star in the 1960s and his membership in the Nation of Islam brought him notoriety. Myers interweaves fight sequences with the boxer's life story and the political events and issues of the day. He doesn't shy away from reporting on the brutality of the sport and documents the toll it has taken on its many stars. Ample black-and-white photographs of the subject in and out of the ring illustrate the book. Covering Ali is a daunting task, especially since dozens of books and hundreds of articles have been written about him in the last 40 years. Fortunately, young adults have their own award-winning author, one with the perspective of being a young African American in Harlem during the height of the boxer's fame, to tell his story. Myers's writing flows while describing the boxing action and the legend's larger-than-life story.-Michael McCullough, Byron-Bergen Middle School, Bergen, NY
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I have used the book in Elementary schools. It is helpful to encourage young males to think about goals in life. We will order more copies laterPublished 7 months ago by Douglas Shamburger
Relatively simple book, but it's a great introduction for someone who is just learning about Ali, or as an intro to a more complete biography.Published 7 months ago by mvs90
As a veteran, many terms and language referrals were not consistent. For instance, while I served in the United States Armed Forces, we used the term latrine, not bathroom. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Regina M. Hendrix-Brown
The book is not that well written and documented
the format is small
not a lot of great pictures
The Greatest is written by Walter Dean Myers. This book is a biography about Muhammad Ali. I think many people would like this book. Read morePublished on August 11, 2012 by A student
I think the book is a very good book. It gives you facts and tells you the whole life of Muhammad Ali. Read morePublished on May 12, 2009 by Maureen A. Harris
The Greatest Muhammad Ali
This book takes place in the 60's, 70's, and the 80's. This book tells you about all of the racial conflicts that he had to put aside during his... Read more
Ali was waiting for a hard fight his opponent Archie Moore was born in Benoit Mississippi on December 13, 1913 he began to fight in reform school his professional boxing career... Read morePublished on February 14, 2007
The story in this book is a very interesting because the person and the story is tremendous And this story passes the one fight important and the world the fight with ray Robison... Read morePublished on February 14, 2007