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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,147 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Remnick Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2012 ISBN:
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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.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob Renteria | 2/13/2014

    " ali is a hero of mine......truly a bad-ass.....this book was so fun and interesting...remnick really loves ali and his writing simply puts u back in 1964......a historic book.....peep it.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 2/10/2014

    " Great piece of journalism. Great read! The book is about boxing, of course, but also the civil rights movement, and the way Ali became so much more than an athlete. After you finish the book, go on youtube and look up Ali on This Is Your Life -- you'll get to see everyone talked about in the book, and catch a glimpse of his humor, grace, and irresistible personality. Also check out the video where Ali defends his decision to refuse to go to war against a student. The man was amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley | 2/7/2014

    " The powerful story of Muhammad Ali and his game-changing role in the civil rights movement, and the evolving imagery of black men in America. Author David Remnick contrasts the three major heavyweight champions of the 1960s (Sonny Liston, Floyd Patterson, and Ali) as competing models of black identity: the "Bad Negro", (Liston) the "Good Negro", (Patterson) and Ali, who refused to follow either prescribed role. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 2/3/2014

    " Great, well-written account of Ali's life and a history of boxing as well. Not a boxing fan, but enjoyed the book nevertheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Gould | 2/1/2014

    " Remnick really did this text masterfully. I really feel the atmosphere and febrile political context of the time. Patterson, Liston and Clay's stories are expertly intertwined. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 1/29/2014

    " King of the World - David Remnick. Book about Muhammad Ali - not written in style from birth to death. Starts first with Liston fight. Focuses a lot on Liston and his conversion to the Nation of Islam. Makes me want to watch the documentary movie "When We Were Kings." Fast read, not an entire waste of time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna | 1/24/2014

    " Great book that that follows the evolution of American attitudes about race through the story of a hometown (Louisville) hero. David Remnick is a fantastic storyteller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Todd | 1/18/2014

    " This is an amazing book about history...that includes some great sports moments. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.C. | 1/8/2014

    " best book about Ali's rise to the heavyweight crown and his dismantling of former heavyweight champ Sunny Liston. anyone who wants to know how Clay became Ali should pick this one up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica | 12/29/2013

    " I don't like boxing and I didn't know any thing about Muhammed Ali -- this is one of the most excellent books I've ever read -- Don't let the subject matter hold you back -- the book is really about race relations and the social forces that were in play in Ali's most famous fights. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Riley | 12/18/2013

    " A great account of Muhammad Ali's influence on the American mind, focusing on his years up to his refusal to serve in the Vietnam War. This book was a good counterpoint to the critical "Ghosts of Manila" by Mark Kram, which I also enjoyed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bradlay | 12/16/2013

    " I learned from this book that Muhammad Ali is a very important man who killed a brick. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Delise | 12/14/2013

    " The influence of Muhammed Ali is felt more with each passing year, and this book is a great look into his life and times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noah | 12/6/2013

    " Really, really good. Remnick is able to juggle a bunch of complicated characters and create a real sense of time and place. I was sad to finish this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Popoy | 11/12/2013

    " One of the best books I've read. Not only does the book concentrate on the story of Ali, but also the people involved in his life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 11/6/2013

    " Fantastic book -- very well researched. I wish it were longer and continued with the rest of Ali's career with the same detail! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick Mecham | 11/2/2013

    " This book was amazing. It profiles Ali from the time he was born until he won the heavyweight championship of the world at the age of 22. I had read a book about Ali previously and thought that i knew everything there was to know about him but found out quickly that there was so much more to learn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexbenzy | 8/27/2013

    " this book is ok but extremely overated. everyone thinks this book is amazing but to me it just an average book about ali. I did not learn anything new. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dale | 8/27/2013

    " Great tie-in between history and his bouts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Smoak | 7/27/2013

    " I loved reading about this fabulous fighter "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelby Troutman | 3/19/2013

    " Easy read for upper grades. Presented in an interesting and detailed way for students. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diener | 9/25/2012

    " Excellent biography of Ali, focusing particularly on his transformation from Cassius Clay and his first title bout with Sonny Liston. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 7/28/2012

    " ali is one kick ass mo fo "

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