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A splendid action-packed hurricane of a book! --The New York Times
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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The reader follows Ali through his success at the Olympic Games, his rise through the ranks of professional boxing, and the cruel and unjust revocation of his championship title due to his stand as a Conscientious Objector during the Vietnam War, his legal battle, his training and return to the boxing crown despite his enforced absence of years from the ring. Ali's prose is at times proud, wistful, angry, humorous - no athlete before or since has possessed Ali's wicked wit - and frustrated. He describes his battles for the championship with stars such as Joe Frazier and George Foreman so vividly you live it with him. The grit, the pain, the determination, the exultation are all the reader's to experience.
Ali faced his last opponent, Parkinson's Disease, with the same determination and dignity he displayed in the ring. This fight could never be won, but neither did he lose. His character triumphed as his body did at the top of sport - and he left us as he lived, always, always, The Greatest.
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.