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King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of the American Hero by David Remnick

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  • There were mythic sports figures before him-Jack Johnson, Babe Ruth, Joe Louis, Joe DiMaggio-but when Cassius Clay burst onto the sports scene

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Binding Hardcover
Publisher Picador
Country of Origin UK
Number of Pages 326
Pubilcation Date 1999
Condition New

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-- THIS IS A SECOND-HAND BOOK--

  • Boxing Book
  • by David Remnick
  • Muhammad Ali Book
  • Big thick book
  • Great read

 

'On the back' of King of the World

"By using the Clay-Liston battle as a pivot and placing Muhammad Ali in an accurate social context, David Remnick constructs a narrative very much like Ali himself: astute, double-hearted, irresistible. He is so completely in charge of his craft that it becomes an art " - TONI MORRISON

 

'Inside the Cover' of King of the World

There were mythic sports figures before him-Jack Johnson, Babe Ruth, Joe Louis, Joe DiMaggio-but when Cassius Clay burst onto the sports scene from his native Louisville in the 1950s, he broke the mold. He changed the world of sports and went on to change the world itself. As Muhammad Ali, he would become the most recognized face on the planet. Ali was a transcendent athlete and entertainer, a heavyweight Fred Astaire, a rapper before rap was born. He was a mirror of his era, a dynamic figure in the racial and cultural battles of his time. This unforgettable story of his rise and self-creation, told by a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, places Ali in a heritage of great American originals.

Cassius Clay grew up in the Jim Crow South and came ot athletic age when boxers were at the mercy ot the mob. From the start, Clay rebelled against everything and everyone who would keep him and his people down. He refused the old stereotypes and refused the glad hand of the mob. And, to the confusion and fury of white sportswriters, who were far more comfortable with the self-effacing Joe Louis, Clay came forward as a rebel, insistent on his political views, on his new religion, and, eventually, on a new name. His rebellion nearly cost him the chance to fight for the heavyweight championship of the world.

King of the World features some of the pivotal figures of the 1960s-Malcolm X, Elijah Muham-mad, John F. Kennedy-and its pivotal events: the civil rights movement, political assassinations, the war in Vietnam. Muhammad Ali is a great hero and a beloved figure in American life. 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.


DAVID REMNICK is the editor of The New Yorker. He began his career as a sportswriter for The Washington Post and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for Lenin's Tomb. He is also the author of Resurrection and The Devil Problem and Other True Stories, a collection of essays. He lives in New York City with his wife and two sons.

 

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