King of the World: Picador Classic
Pan Macmillan, 3 дек. 2010 г. - Всего страниц: 352
This unforgettable account of Muhammad Ali's rise and self-creation, told by a Pullitzer Prize-winning writer, places Ali in a heritage of great American originals.
David Remnick concentrates on Ali's early career, when he was still fighting as Cassius Clay. The book begins in September 1962 with the fight between Floyd Patteson and Sonny Liston, providing a remarkable sociological backdrop to Ali's entrance on the boxing scene. Remnick then describes Clay's 1964 fight with Liston, which even his own people thought Clay couldn't win, and takes us through to 1967 when Ali refused the military draft to Vietnam. This is much more than a sports book. It is a study of the rise of the black voice in the American consciousness and a look at how the media creates its heroes - Cassius Clay began as a 'light-hitting loudmouth' before becoming gradually canonized by the American press and public as Muhammad Ali.
KING OF THE WORLD takes us back to the days when his life was a series of battles, inside the ring and out. A master
storyteller at the height of his powers, David Remnick has written a book worthy of America's most dynamic modern hero.
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LibraryThing ReviewПользовательский отзыв - Mitchell_Bergeson_Jr - LibraryThing
Wow, this has to be one of my favorite all-time sports biographies. The prose is pure butter: elegant, but also smooth and riveting. One does not need to be knowledgeable about the sport of boxing ... Читать весь отзыв
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I own a few books about the sport, but as of this writing, this is the first boxing book I've read to date. And I have to say, it's going to be hard for anything to top this. I know that The Sweet ... Читать весь отзыв