- Paperback: 398 pages
- Publisher: Graymalkin Media (November 17, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1631680498
- ISBN-13: 978-1631680496
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 78 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The whole man is here as Mailer, Sheed, and a whole raft of sportswriters never caught him...Ali goes the whole route and comes up a spectacular winner. This is an extraordinary sports biography! --Publishers Weekly
No routine athlete's autobiography...honest...very convincing... to read it is like getting Ali alone in a room and hearing him answer all the questions one ever thought to ask. --The New York Times
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In his own words, the heavyweight champion of the world pulls no punches as he chronicles the battles he faced in and out of the ring in this fascinating memoir edited by Nobel Prize-winning novelist, Toni Morrison. Growing up in the South, surrounded by racial bigotry and discrimination, Ali fought not just for a living, but also for respect and rewards far more precious than money or glory. He was named Sportsman of the Century by Sports Illustrated and the BBC. Ali redefined what it meant to be an athlete by giving hope to millions around the world and inspiring us all to fight for what is important to us. This is a multifaceted portrait of Muhammad Ali only he could render: sports legend; unapologetic anti-war advocate; outrageous showman and gracious goodwill ambassador; fighter, lover, poet, and provocateur; an irresistible force to be reckoned with. Who better to tell the tale than the man who went the distance living it?
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WOW. This is an crisp, fast paced well written book - the story of a life that deserves the taelnted authorship of Mr Durham along with the gift of Toni Morrison's editing. I did not know much about the champ and I am glad for that, as I was litreally astounded at the rich depth of his spiritual, physical, emotional and relational life. Well told tale about a well lived life.
I am inspired to be more after this read, both as a writer and as a citizen of this world.
In this political climate, this book should be read to understand that the issues that we face today are something we are still going through post-9/11.
To give you perspective this a first person account of Ali's perspective through his personal encounters with racism in which was provided in great detail through his life as a Olympian, his boxing career, his exile from boxing, and the numerous threats he received through the years as Black Muslim and heavyweight champion. To say the least, this a book that will give a close encounter of the past and the personal view of the man named Ali.
Muhammad Ali is the Greatest.
I didn't like him in the 70's, but now I have a grudging respect for someone who could stand their ground for a cause and do it consistently over a long period of time.
Next I'm going to look for a biography so I can get a more objective view of his life.
The struggles, the disappointments........ Wow
It teaches you to stand for yourself, for your belief and conviction. To face disappointments and heartaches. Stay real and honest to yourself and then to mankind.
I’m the sweetest!!!
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Really great Muhammad Ali!!!