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- Print Length: 423 pages
- Publisher: Open Road Media (February 14, 2012)
- Publication Date: February 14, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006WP9NEG
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Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times Kindle Edition
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“Extensive and fascinating detail; first-rate. The triumph of the witness technique in biography may be judged complete.” —Daily News (New York)
“A magnificent book about a life that needs to be understood whether you care a whit about boxing or not.” —The Boston Globe
“Rich and absorbing . . . Creates a new foundation for all future Ali scholarship.” —Robert Lipsyte, Los Angeles Times
“A feast for fans, this composite portrait bristles with insights, jabs, and tributes.” —Publishers Weekly
“Compelling . . . I doubt that we shall ever see a more comprehensive portrait of this extraordinary athlete.” —The Sporting News
“Lovingly compiled and exhaustively researched.” —Entertainment Weekly
“The most comprehensive account of Ali’s life and influence . . . The pleasure of an oral history like Hauser’s is the intimacy it projects, the unguarded (but never unedited) forthrightness of its participants, and the art with which their voices are assembled.” —Literary Hub
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With this information inserted after a subject is discussed, it first throws you off balance until you realize that everybody weighs in on the subject before moving on to the next subject or area of Ali's life.
This book covers Ali's life more thoroughly than any other publication I have read. From the people I have spoken to, this is the most accurate and concise writing to cover Ali's life. The book is lengthy, but has a lot of information for those who have the interest. For boxing fans, this book a must have.
This book is Scott Ayler Approved.
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Cassius Clay's conversion to Muhammad Ali is covered in great detail. The style does become cumbersome sometime as the book reads like a long traps script of a documentary. There are even video links of interviews given in the book. Cassius gravitated towards Malcolm because of the strong message of self love, which is pretty common among most GOAT (greatest of all time) sports people. The other strong attraction was the confrontational narrative which must sound so familiar to Cassius as well. No wonder he wasn't attracted to the other black civil rights activist Martin Luther King as he must have sounded rather pliant in comparison. One definite advantage of the style used in the book is that I did feel like living in the 1960's America because the language was maintained.
What did the conversion do for Ali, as he must have gotten something out of this conversion himself? Well for me he became a lot more clearer and focussed as the core message of NOI (Nation of Islam) is about segregating from the white race by defining a new black profile, complete with their own religion, separate God, firm belief in self-love even down to the new name. For the new Muslim name broke their link with the original slave masters. In Ali all of NOI core fundamental values were realised as a living breathing ideal.
Trouble is that the same galvanizing message for self conscious blacks which worked so perfectly for Ali in the beginning, also started to cramp his progression as the message was only divisive in nature. In order to really progress he had to forgive his White tormentors which the NOI teaching squarely rejected outright. Mainstream Islam does not have the same issue on the racial level at least and therefore the Islamic brotherhood proudly accepts all colours. Unfortunately the same hospitality is not accorded to people belonging to other religions.
Ali Bomaye (Ali Kill him).
I love the way all the fights are build up and described by the author. Ali was the complete fighter, both verbally and strategically inside the ring. The author has not rushed or cut corners with the interviews, which seems out of deep respect to the legend. The legend who transcended his sport to become a symbol of love. Ali had a similar effect to what Tiger Woods had on the US stock market years after, only Ali's lifted the spirits of people all over the world each time he fought.
By the end of the book, a hero emerges. A hero who doesn't have to be either the brightest or the strongest nor the most sophisticated kid on the block. The only thing required is the profound recognition of right and wrong, and a strong urge with limitless energy to become a constructive member of the society, and Muhammad Ali had that.
His whole life reflected a fight for justice and equality for impoverished blacks of America against the White rich class, and this image deeply resonated with all the unrepresented poor of the world. Ali became a symbol for the poor, an icon for their hopes and aspirations to rise and develop.
` I am still gonna find out who stole my bike when I was 12 years old in Louisville, and I'm still gonna whup him. That was a gud bike.' Muhammad Ali.