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Rumble in the Jungle : Muhammad Ali and George Foreman on the Global Stage - Lewis A. Erenberg

Rumble in the Jungle

Muhammad Ali and George Foreman on the Global Stage

Hardcover Published: 20th June 2019
ISBN: 9780226059433
Number Of Pages: 336

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The 1974 fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, staged in the young nation of Zaire and dubbed the Rumble in the Jungle, was arguably the biggest sporting event of the twentieth century. The bout between an ascendant undefeated champ and an outspoken master trying to reclaim the throne was a true multimedia spectacle. A three-day festival of international music—featuring James Brown, Miriam Makeba, and many others—preceded the fight itself, which was viewed by a record-breaking one billion people worldwide. Lewis A. Erenberg’s new book provides a global perspective on this singular match, not only detailing the titular fight but also locating it at the center of the cultural dramas of the day.

TheRumble in the Jungle orbits around Ali and Foreman, placing them at the convergence of the American Civil Rights movement and the Great Society, the rise of Islamic and African liberation efforts, and the ongoing quest to cast off the shackles of colonialism. With his far-reaching take on sports, music, marketing, and mass communications, Erenberg shows how one boxing match became nothing less than a turning point in 1970s culture.

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"An important and superbly written book.What makes The Rumble in the Jungle soconvincing is Erenberg's extensive research,lively writing style, and detailedexplorations of the biographies of Ali,Foreman, and the musicians, politicians,and business promoters encircling thefight. Although the fight between Ali andForeman has received considerable commentary,Erenberg allows readers to understandits larger political significancefor American and global history.-Lary May, author ofThe Big Tomorrow: Hollywood andthe Politics of the American Way

ISBN: 9780226059433
ISBN-10: 022605943X
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 20th June 2019
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1

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