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.
I said to him, 'Son, I want to teach you how to punch.' He knocked a lot of guys out
, but he did it his way, with a lot of energy and a lot of strain. I said to him, 'I want
to teach you how to be a real power puncher so you get your man out of there in ...
Well, I get in the water up to my neck and I punch in the water, and then when I
get out of the water, I'm lightning fast because there's no resistance.' Schulke was
skeptical, but Ali swore it was the truth, and to prove his point, he told Schulke, ...
And the two things I remember most about that were, first, Ali couldn't swim, not a
bit; and second, Ali had never thrown a punch underwater in his life. It was a total
bullshit story he made up, but it got him in Life, and Life didn't do it as a joke.
He was a good puncher, and Clay couldn't punch. In the fifth round it was an
even fight, but Miteff figured to come on in the late rounds, because he was a
slow starter and a good body puncher. Then in the sixth, Clay hit him on the chin
Banks was young, a converted south-paw, and he could punch. I wanted to see if
Clay could fight. And I wanted to see if he could draw fans someplace besides
Louisville and Miami. John Condon was our director of publicity, so it was his job
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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