King of the World: Muhammed Ali and the Rise of an American Hero by David Remnick

King of the World: Muhammed Ali and the Rise of an American Hero

byDavid Remnick

Kobo ebook | April 2, 2014

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With an Introduction by Salman Rushdie

On the night in 1964 that Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) stepped into the ring with Sonny Liston, he was widely regarded as an irritating freak who danced and talked way too much. Six rounds later Ali was not only the new world heavyweight boxing champion: He was "a new kind of black man" who would shortly transform America's racial politics, its popular culture, and its notions of heroism.
No one has captured Ali--and the era that he exhilarated and sometimes infuriated--with greater vibrancy, drama, and astuteness than David Remnick, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lenin's Tomb (and editor of The New Yorker). In charting Ali's rise from the gyms of Louisville, Kentucky, to his epochal fights against Liston and Floyd Patterson, Remnick creates a canvas of unparalleled richness. He gives us empathetic portraits of wisecracking sportswriters and bone-breaking mobsters; of the baleful Liston and the haunted Patterson; of an audacious Norman Mailer and an enigmatic Malcolm X. Most of all, King of the World does justice to the speed, grace, courage, humor, and ebullience of one of the greatest athletes and irresistibly dynamic personalities of our time.

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Title:King of the World: Muhammed Ali and the Rise of an American HeroFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:April 2, 2014Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0804173621

ISBN - 13:9780804173629

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best biography !! I had to read this book for class and it did not disappoint! Because it was written by a jountalist it was an easy read. The book was well executed and it flowed beautifully. It captures the key moments and events of Muhammad Ali's life within and off the ring! Definitely would recommend for anyone who's interested in learning more about the Greatest King in the World.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from outstanding David really did an amazing job writing this book. He put himself into the legends shoes and told the story like it was his own experience. All i could say as a reader is cheers to an amazing accomplishment.
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