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Muhammad Ali : The Story of a Boxing Legend - Alan Goldstein

Muhammad Ali

The Story of a Boxing Legend

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Published: 3rd March 2014
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There is no greater sportsman on the planet than Muhammad Ali and this stunning illustrated book charts the extraordinary life of an extraordinary man through the words of not only Ali but those around him, who bore witness to the legend that was unfolding before their eyes.

A three-time world heavyweight champion, Ali never fitted the stereotypical role of a boxer. He used his title as a pulpit, forcing people to reconsider their views, lecturing the world on Vietnam, racism, sexism and the emerging Third World nations. He told everyone who questioned his transformation to the Muslim faith, "I don't have to be who you want me to be", and seldom did he adhere to the consensus of opinion. Nor did he match the conventional mode of past heavyweight champions who relied mainly on power, instead using his remarkable speed of hand and foot to whip such giants as Sonny Liston and Joe Frazier, and late in his career, guile and inventiveness to upset the seemingly invincible George Foreman.

Where he once divided America with his social and religious beliefs, Ali, his body now ravaged by Parkinson's syndrome, has become a unifying force and a symbol of peace and hope. In an age of superstars without a public conscience, Ali was truly unique. He cavorted with presidents and kings, but was always more comfortable with the common man.

Quite simply, "The Greatest."

About the Author

Alan Goldstein served as a sportswriter for the Baltimore Sun for 40 years, with professional boxing and basketball as his primary assignments. In 1997, he received the coveted Nat Fleischer for Excellence in Boxing Journalism. In 1976, he was voted into the Maryland Boxing Hall of Fame for reporting.

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    The Greatest!

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      A great fight by fight pictorial review of Ali's career in the ring with insightful text both on the fights themselves, his attempts for world peace and his post-career physical decline.

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      Foreword by George Foreman; Introduction; The Early Years; The Early Fights; Ali the Champion; Controversy; Back in the Ring; From Zaire to Manila and Beyond; Spinks and Retirement; The Legend Lives On; Fight Record.

      ISBN: 9781780974637
      ISBN-10: 1780974639
      Audience: General
      Format: Hardcover
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 176
      Published: 3rd March 2014
      Publisher: CARLTON
      Country of Publication: GB
      Dimensions (cm): 31.1 x 25.1  x 2.0
      Weight (kg): 1.22
      Edition Number: 1