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.
My mother and father separated when I was a child, so I never saw much of my
father or knew much about where he came from. My mother had three children
and couldn't raise us all, so very often I stayed with my aunt. I started working to
whenever I thought I could predict what he'd do, he turned around and proved me
wrong. “He had confidence in himself, and that gave me confidence in him. He
started boxing when he was twelve, and we'd sit at night, and he'd tell me how ...
Then my bike got stolen and I started boxing, and it was like God telling me that
boxing was my responsibility. God made us all, but some of us are made special.
Einstein wasn't an ordinary human. Columbus wasn't an ordinary human.
2 “To all intents and purposes,” Wilfred Sheed later wrote, “Cassius Clay was
born at the age of twelve, the day he entered the gym and started fighting.”3 As
part of the Columbia Gym's amateur program, Martin produced a local television
4 MUHAMMAD ALI: “When I started boxing, all I really wanted was someday to
buy my mother and father a house and own a nice big car for myself. I figured if I
could turn pro and get on Saturday night fights, I could make four thousand
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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