There had been mythic sports figures before Cassius Clay, but when he burst upon the sports scene in the 1950s, he broke the mold. Those were the years when boxing and boxers were at the mercy of the mob and the whim of the sportswriters. If you wanted a shot at a title, you did it their way.
Young Clay did it his way - with little more than an Olympic gold medal to his credit, he danced into Sonny Liston's baleful view and provoked the terrifying champ into accepting him as his next challenger. The rest is history.
Muhammad Ali has become a mythic hero, an American icon, and a self-invented legend. As both a mirror and a molder of his times, Ali became the most recognizable face on the planet, a key figure in the cultural battles of the times. This is the story of his self-creation and his rise to glory, told by a master storyteller.
©1998 David Remnick (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
just one more book lover
I loved this short, abridged story of one of the greatest athletes and personalities of the 20th century.
The author covers Ali's youth, his conversion to boxing and Islam. The story really packed a knockout when it got to the fights with Liston, which made Ali the heavyweight champ and changed his life.
The second fight in Maine was particularly dramatic and the author made me feel like I was there.
The book also covers Ali's relationship with Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam, as well as his refusal to fight in Vietnam and his match against Floyd Patterson.
I wish Audible had an unabridged version and more Ali titles. All I found was a collection of essays.
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