A Life

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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 himself). Muhammad Ali was one of the twentieth century’s most fantastic figures and arguably the most famous man on the planet.

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, radically reshapes our understanding of the complicated man who was Ali. Eig had access to all the key people in Ali’s life, including his three surviving wives and his managers. He conducted more than 500 interviews and uncovered thousands of pages of previously unreleased FBI and Justice Department files, as well dozens of hours of newly discovered audiotaped interviews from the 1960s. Collectively, they tell Ali’s story like never before—the story of a man who was flawed and uncertain and brave beyond belief.

“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.”

He was born Cassius Clay in racially segregated Louisville, Kentucky, the son of a sign painter and a housekeeper. He went on to become a heavyweight boxer with a dazzling mix of power and speed, a warrior for racial pride, a comedian, a preacher, a poet, a draft resister, an actor, and a lover. Millions hated him when he changed his religion, changed his name, and refused to fight in the Vietnam War. He fought his way back, winning hearts, but at great cost. Like so many boxers, he stayed too long.

Jonathan Eig’s Ali reveals Ali in the complexity he deserves, shedding important new light on his politics, religion, personal life, and neurological condition. Ali is a story about America, about race, about a brutal sport, and about a courageous man who shook up the world.

Based on more than 500 interviews, including Muhammad Ali’s closest associates, and enhanced by access to thousands of pages of newly released FBI records, this is a thrilling story of a man who became one of the great figures of the twentieth century.?

Baker & Taylor
The best-selling author of Opening Day draws on insider access to present an unauthorized portrait of the iconic champion fighter, arguing that race was a central theme in Muhammad Ali's career, faith and advocacy work and that his political beliefs and neurological health shaped his complex character. 100,000 first printing.

& Taylor

Presents an unauthorized portrait of the iconic champion fighter, arguing that race was a central theme in Muhammad Ali's career, faith ,and advocacy work and that his political beliefs and neurological health shaped his complex character.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017
ISBN: 9780544435247
Branch Call Number: 796.83092 Ali-E
Characteristics: xv, 623 pages : illustrations ; 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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