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Author: Jonathan Eig Narrator: Kevin R. Free Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. Audio Length: Release Date: January 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781501968860

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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.

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  • “Eig’s masterful new biography of the champ is both captivating and highly relevant to the current discussions on race in America…Eig’s boxing descriptions are taut and lively…He presents boxing in all of its majesty and violence… Muhammad Ali was one of the most compelling figures in the twentieth century, and Eig does ample justice to capturing his extraordinary and enduring legacy.”

    - Seattle Times
  • “Eig’s revelatory bio traces the late boxer’s path from pariah to national treasure.”

    - People
  • "[A] relentless, image-altering biography.”

    - Wall Street Journal


  • Semi-finalist for the 2018 Plutarch Award
  • A People Magazine Best New Books selection for fall
  • An AARP Magazine Editors’ Pick of 12 Best New Books for Fall
  • An Entertainment Weekly Pick
  • Finalist for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing

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About the Author

Jonathan Eig is the author of several critically acclaimed books, including the New York Times bestseller Luckiest Man. He is a former staff writer for the Wall Street Journal, and he remains a contributing writer there. He has written for the New York Times, New Yorker, Esquire, Washington Post, and other publications. He has appeared in two Ken Burns films for PBS.

About the Narrator

Kevin R. Free is an audiobook narrator and the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and several AudioFile best narrations of the year selections. Known for his work with young-adult novels, he has read titles by Rick Riordan, Walter Dean Myers, and Joe Haldeman. In 2011 he was named a Best Voice in Young Adult and Fantasy from AudioFile magazine for his narration of Myers’ The Cruisers: Checkmate.