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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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