Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times
Open Road Media, 14 áôáø× 2012 - 538 òîåãéí
A sweeping biography of one of the greatest and most provocative athletes of all time—“a life that needs to be understood whether you care a whit about boxing or not” (The Boston Globe).
Athlete, activist, rebel, poet, legend—Muhammad 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 charisma—and above all, his adherence to principle—made 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 work—told in Ali’s own words and those of hundreds of family members, friends, rivals, and others who interacted with “The Greatest” over the decades—reveals a deeply spiritual, complex man, whose public and private battles, including his struggle against the devastating effects of Parkinson’s 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 century’s most charismatic and controversial superstars.
This ebook includes rare photos authorized by Muhammad Ali Enterprises.
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In reporting on the early years of Ali's life, I've employed the name “Cassius Clay,”
not as a sign of disrespect but because it's the name Ali himself used and was
known by then. To avoid confusion, I've tried to remain constant in the use of ...
Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., as Ali was once known, was born in Louisville
General Hospital at 6:35 P.M. on January 17, 1942. His father, Cassius Marcellus
Clay, Sr., earned a living painting billboards and signs. According to court
CASSIUS CLAY, SR.: “When the boys got older, I took them with me on jobs;
taught them how to paint pretty good. Before he started fighting, Muhammad
could lay out a sign. Draw letters, do the spacing, mix the paint, and fill it in right.
Louisville police records reveal that Cassius Clay, Sr., was arrested four times for
reckless driving, twice for disorderly conduct, once for disposing of mortgaged
property, and twice for assault and battery. His penchant for women led to discord
The saga of Cassius Clay's red-and-white Schwinn bike has been told often over
time. In October 1954, he and a friend rode their bicycles to the Columbia
Auditorium, which was hosting an annual black bazaar called The Louisville
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LibraryThing Reviewáé÷åøú îùúîù - 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. ÷øà ñ÷éøä îìàä
MUHAMMAD ALI: His Life and Timesáé÷åøú îùúîù - 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 ... ÷øà ñ÷éøä îìàä