Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times

Open Road Media, 14 2012 - 538
A sweeping biography of one of the greatest and most provocative athletes of all timea life that needs to be understood whether you care a whit about boxing or not (The Boston Globe).

Athlete, activist, rebel, poet, legendMuhammad Ali stood larger than life in the imagination of hundreds of millions of people around the world. A gold medalist at the 1960 Olympics, he won the heavyweight championship at age twenty-two by conquering Sonny Liston in dramatic fashion. In the weeks after the upset victory, he confirmed his membership in the Nation of Islam and told reporters he would no longer answer to his slave name: Cassius Clay. The political establishment stripped him of his heavyweight title when he refused induction into the United States Army during the height of the war in Vietnam.

Ultimately, Ali returned to reclaim his crown, prevailing in epic fights against the likes of Joe Frazier and George Foreman. His talent and charismaand above all, his adherence to principlemade him a cultural icon and one of the most beloved sporting figures of all time.

But that is only half the tale. Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times is also the story of Ali, the man. Author Thomas Hauser got closer to Ali than any previous biographer. His worktold in Alis own words and those of hundreds of family members, friends, rivals, and others who interacted with The Greatest over the decadesreveals a deeply spiritual, complex man, whose public and private battles, including his struggle against the devastating effects of Parkinsons disease, gave new meaning to the word courage and changed forever our conception of what makes a champion.

Heralded by the New York Times as the first definitive biography of the boxer who transcended sports as no other athlete ever has, Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the legacy of one of the twentieth centurys most charismatic and controversial superstars.

This ebook includes rare photos authorized by Muhammad Ali Enterprises.


LibraryThing Review

  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

A superior production among boxing books, with less reference to the fights, and an attempt to cover the life away from the ring more fully. I recommend it as a good first book on Ali.

MUHAMMAD ALI: His Life and Times

  - Kirkus

A detailed, if hagiographic, account of Ali's public career and private life. Hauser (author of one of the best books ever on the fight game, 1985's Black Lights) is an obvious and uncritical fan of ...

The Entertainer
I Am the Greatest
The Birth of
The Enemy
Aint Got No Quarrel
The Lion Grows Older
The Money
The Beating

The Underdog
The King



Thomas Hauser (b. 1946) is the author of forty-two books on subjects ranging from professional boxing to Beethoven. His first work, Missing, was made into an Academy Awardwinning film. Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times earned numerous awards for its author, including the prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year. In 2004, the Boxing Writers Association of America honored Hauser with the Nat Fleischer Award for Career Excellence in Boxing Journalism.