A Life

Book - 2017
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"The definitive biography of an American icon, from a New York Times best-selling author with unique access to Ali's inner circle. He was the wittiest, the prettiest, the strongest, the bravest, and, of course, the greatest (as he told us over and over again). Muhammad Ali was one of the twentieth century's greatest radicals and most compelling figures. At his funeral in 2016, eulogists said Ali had transcended race and united the country, but they got it wrong. Race was the theme of Ali's life. He insisted that America come to grips with a black man who wasn't afraid to speak out or break the rules. He didn't overcome racism. He called it out. "I am America," he once declared. "I am the part you won't recognize. But get used to me--black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own. Get used to me." Ali went from being one of the most despised men in the country to one of the most beloved. But until now, he has never been the subject of a complete, unauthorized biography. Jonathan Eig, hailed by Ken Burns as one of America's master storytellers, breaks new ground and radically reshapes our understanding of the slippery figure who was Muhammad Ali. Eig had access to all the key people in Ali's life, including his three surviving wives and his managers. He also had access to thousands of pages of new FBI and Justice Department files, as well dozens of hours of newly discovered audiotaped interviews from the 1960s. Jonathan Eig's Ali breaks bold new ground, revealing Ali in the complexity he deserves, shedding important new light on his politics and his neurological condition. Ali is a story about race, about a brutal sport, and about a fascinating man who shook up the world"--
Publisher: Boston, Massachusetts : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780544435247
Characteristics: xv, 623 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations, portraits ;,24 cm.


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Jan 16, 2019

The most superficial and shallow biography I have ever read. More like an anthropological examination of a creature based on its fossilized feces. This book is an expose' of all Ali's weaknesses, flaws, and shortcomings, with only a bare bones listing of his achievements, and lasting social and political impact. If you're interested in all the times your parents cheated and lied, fornicated and pooped, then this is a book for you.

Jan 11, 2019

Interesting, but not great. I learned a lot about Ali

Jul 25, 2018

Great book all around. This book covers Ali from his younger stages leading all the way up to his older stages. Provides very detailed stories and displays every boxing match in a way that keeps you on edge. This book highlights the joys everyone saw within Ali as well as some of his many flaws.

ali backed down from Elijah Muhammad: " Decades later, Ali would say that turning his back on Malcolm was one of the biggest regrets of his life. But at the time, he showed no remorse." Also has two members of the church denying involvement in the assassination of Malcolm X ( one claims it was the FBI). They admit they could have killed him, but 'the honorable Elijah Muhammad told us not to bother him, so we didn't bother him.' Other sources I have read (not the FBI) state unequivocally that Elijah said that Louis X should mastermind the elimination of Elijah's #1 critic (by far). Louis X= Louis Farrakhan

Oct 11, 2017

I'm Excited To Receive A Copy Of This Book Inspired By The Great Boxer, Father And Worlds Most Loveable Friend. I Had The Pleasure Of Meeting This Gentleman Years Ago Coming Out Of Evans On State. I'm Sure His Family Could Agree That Having Him Home Again Before The Holidays Would Be The Altimate Love Gift. So I Guess I Myself Get The Pleasure Of Snuggling With His Story I Can't Wait It Will Be A HONOR !!!!!!!!!! God Loves You And So Do I !!!!!!!!! DYROTHA TODD IN GODs WILL CEO OF OPPORATION LIFE SUPPORT WHERE ALL LIVES MATTER. AMEN BIG BROTHER JAH I NEED THEE !!!!!!!!!!!! MEDITATION CD ASAP.......... HOLIDAY SENSATION OF EXPRESSION THROUGH LOVE'S HARMONIOUS SOUNDS........ SSSSSssssssss.

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