By George

by George Foreman, Joel Engel

October 1, 2000 | Trade Paperback

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THE CANDID AND INSPIRING STORY OF THE RISE OF A GREAT SPORTS LEGEND, FROM HIS THRILLING CONFRONTATIONS IN THE RING TO HIS PRIVATE STRUGGLES TO ACHIEVE SPIRITUAL WHOLENESS

No athlete has captured America''s dreams and imagination like George Foreman. In 1968, when he was barely out of his teens, he startled the world by winning an Olympic gold medal in Mexico City. In his early twenties, he destroyed the seemingly invincible Joe Frazier to capture boxing''s heavyweight championship. In Zaire, not long after, he was on the opposite end of a startling upset, losing his crown to Muhammad Ali. By 1977, Foreman had quit fighting, undergone a religious conversion, and begun preaching on Texas street corners.

Which is where George Foreman''s story doesn''t end, but begins. A decade later, to raise money for his beloved Houston youth center, he shocked the sports world by returning to the ring. They laughed at this middle-aged man, but George Foreman turned their snickers into awe-struck cheers. In November 1994, at the age of forty-five and against all odds, he recaptured boxing''s crown.

In By George, Foreman tells the incredible story of his triumphs, defeats, and comeback. He writes openly of his troubled childhood, the rage that fueled his early athletic triumphs, his marriages, and his faith. How George Foreman not only survived but prevailed is one of the most unforgettable sagas of our time.

Including sixteen pages of personal photographs, and with a new introduction by George himself, By George sheds new light on an extraordinary man who has captured the hearts of millions.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages

Published: October 1, 2000

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743201124

ISBN - 13: 9780743201124

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By George

by George Foreman, Joel Engel

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages

Published: October 1, 2000

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743201124

ISBN - 13: 9780743201124

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Chapter 1 I''m not much of a sleeper. Haven''t been since I was a kid and needed to keep one eye open all night to shoo away the rats and mice. Now, after reading into the wee hours, I doze off at five or six. Then I sleep late, so I''m usually not any help getting the kids ready for school. One morning in 1984, I was awakened shortly after falling asleep by the angry voice of my oldest son, George -- "Little George," we call him -- who was ten. "No," he screamed. "I''m not going to wear those. I don''t want to look poor." This sounded interesting. On my way to investigate, I heard my wife arguing with him. "There''s nothing wrong with those pants," Joan said. "They''re clean, they''re pressed, and you''re going to wear them." Neither Joan nor Little George noticed me standing in the doorway to Little George''s room. On the bed was the item in dispute, a pair of faded blue jeans that Joan had chosen to go with the checked shirt he already had on. "What''s wrong here?" I asked. But I already knew: Living in a nice house in a good neighborhood (Humble, a suburb of Houston), going to a fine school, my boy had no idea what poor really meant (he''d even pronounced the word "poor" instead of "po''"); I''d never bothered to explain to him where I''d come from. That night, I took Little George for a ride through Houston''s Fifth Ward, an area cursed by poverty and despair. Nothing in his experience jibed with what he saw there. He''d never known these mean streets -- let alone believ
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THE CANDID AND INSPIRING STORY OF THE RISE OF A GREAT SPORTS LEGEND, FROM HIS THRILLING CONFRONTATIONS IN THE RING TO HIS PRIVATE STRUGGLES TO ACHIEVE SPIRITUAL WHOLENESS

No athlete has captured America''s dreams and imagination like George Foreman. In 1968, when he was barely out of his teens, he startled the world by winning an Olympic gold medal in Mexico City. In his early twenties, he destroyed the seemingly invincible Joe Frazier to capture boxing''s heavyweight championship. In Zaire, not long after, he was on the opposite end of a startling upset, losing his crown to Muhammad Ali. By 1977, Foreman had quit fighting, undergone a religious conversion, and begun preaching on Texas street corners.

Which is where George Foreman''s story doesn''t end, but begins. A decade later, to raise money for his beloved Houston youth center, he shocked the sports world by returning to the ring. They laughed at this middle-aged man, but George Foreman turned their snickers into awe-struck cheers. In November 1994, at the age of forty-five and against all odds, he recaptured boxing''s crown.

In By George, Foreman tells the incredible story of his triumphs, defeats, and comeback. He writes openly of his troubled childhood, the rage that fueled his early athletic triumphs, his marriages, and his faith. How George Foreman not only survived but prevailed is one of the most unforgettable sagas of our time.

Including sixteen pages of personal photographs, and with a new introduction by George himself, By George sheds new light on an extraordinary man who has captured the hearts of millions.

About the Author

George Foreman lives in Kingwood, Texas.

From Our Editors

George Foreman shares his candid and stirring tale about rising to become an extraordinary sports history legend. By George chronicles his troubled childhood; his gold-medal bout in the Mexico City Olympics in 1968; winning his first heavyweight title over Joe Frazier and losing to Muhammad Ali in the famous Zaire jungle rumble. Foreman recounts how, after retiring from the ring defeated, religious conversion changed his life, leading to a ministry in his own church in Texas. He returned to boxing in 1994 to raise money for his Houston Youth Center and proved himself a champion by regaining the heavyweight crown at 45 years old.