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Muhammad Ali and the Greatest Heavyweight Generation
by Cushman, Tom

9780982248928Tom Cushman; Bill Conlin (Introduction by)Muhammad Ali and the Greatest Heavyweight GenerationTom Cushman, one of boxing's great sportswriters, followed the "Ali generation" of fighters from New York to Las Vegas, Nassau to Zaire, reporting for the Philadelphia Daily News from 1966-1982 and for the San Diego Tribune, 1982-1992. Muhammad Ali and the Greatest Heavyweight Generation chronicles the behind-the-scenes stories of the great athletes in boxing's biggest-and-best age--their victories and struggles, crimes and passions, heydays and swansongs. This collection of essays, gleaned from Cushman's personal files as well as his recent research, brings to light the backgrounds of the fighters, in and out of the ring: Liston's tragic death, Foreman's rise from hell to heaven, Holmes's crushing defeat and his great heart, Everett's murder--and everywhere, always, the unforgettable voice and charismatic volume of the astounding Muhammad Ali. - Description from Syndetics
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100 Years of Boxing
by Penberthy, Ian

9781906672553Ammonite Press Staff; P. A. Photos Staff (Photographer)100 Years of BoxingA celebration of the history of boxing, as told through photographs One of the oldest combat sports boxing dates back to the ancient civilizations. Popular in 18th century Britain as the outlawed bare-knuckle prizefight, it was not until the introduction of the Marquess of Queensbury rules in 1867 that the sport gained structure and legitimacy. Charting the changing face of amateur and professional boxing over 100 years, the photographs in this book give readers a flavor of the skill, brutality, and grace of the sport, celebrating the heroes and anti-heroes of the ring, the triumphs, controversies, and tragedies of a sport that pits man against man or, in the modern era, woman against woman, with only their fists as weapons and agility their defense. - Description from Syndetics
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King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero
by Remnick, David

9780375500657David RemnickKing of the WorldThere 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 of athletic age when boxers were at the mercy of 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 Worldfeatures some of the pivotal figures of the 1960s--Malcolm X, Elijah Muhammad, 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. - Description from Syndetics
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Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship of Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X
by Roberts, Randy; Smith, Johnny

9780465079704Randy Roberts; Johnny SmithBlood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm XIn 1962, boxing writers and fans considered Cassius Clay an obnoxious self-promoter, and few believed that he would become the heavyweight champion of the world. But Malcolm X, the most famous minister in the Nation of Islam-a sect many white Americans deemed a hate cult-saw the potential in Clay, not just for boxing greatness, but as a means of spreading the Nation's message. The two became fast friends, keeping their interactions secret from the press for fear of jeopardizing Clay's career. Clay began living a double life-a patriotic "good Negro" in public, and a radical reformer behind the scenes. Soon, however, their friendship would sour, with disastrous and far-reaching consequences. Based on previously untapped sources, from Malcolm's personal papers to FBI records, Blood Brothers is the first book to offer an in-depth portrait of this complex bond. Acclaimed historians Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith reconstruct the worlds that shaped Malcolm and Clay, from the boxing arenas and mosques, to postwar New York and civil rights-era Miami. In an impressively detailed account, they reveal how Malcolm molded Cassius Clay into Muhammad Ali, helping him become an international symbol of black pride and black independence. Yet when Malcolm was barred from the Nation for criticizing the philandering of its leader, Elijah Muhammad, Ali turned his back on Malcolm-a choice that tragically contributed to the latter's assassination in February 1965. Malcolm's death marked the end of a critical phase of the civil rights movement, but the legacy of his friendship with Ali has endured. We inhabit a new era where the roles of entertainer and activist, of sports and politics, are more entwined than ever before. Blood Brothers is the story of how Ali redefined what it means to be a black athlete in America-after Malcolm first enlightened him. An extraordinary narrative of love and deep affection, as well as deceit, betrayal, and violence, this story is a window into the public and private lives of two of our greatest national icons, and the tumultuous period in American history that they helped to shape. - Description from Syndetics
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Muhammad Ali: A Man of Many Voices
by Tischler, Barbara L

9781138023055Barbara L. TischlerMuhammad Ali: A Man of Many VoicesMuhammad Ali was not only a champion athlete, but a cultural icon. While his skill as a boxer made him famous, his strong personality and his identity as a black man in a country in the midst of the struggle for civil rights made him an enduring symbol. From his youth in segregated Louisville, Kentucky, to his victory in the 1960 Olympics, to the controversy that surrounded his conversion to Islam and refusal of the draft during the Vietnam War, Ali's life was closely linked to the major social and political struggles of the 1960s and 70s. The story of his struggles, failures, and triumphs sheds light on issues of race, class, religion, dissent, and the role of sports in American society that affected all Americans. In this lively, concise biography, Barbara L. Tischler introduces students to Ali's life in social and political context, and explores his enduring significance as a symbol of resistance. Muhammad Ali: A Many of Many Voices offers the perfect introduction to this extraordinary American and his times. - Description from Syndetics
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Sting Like a Bee: The Muhammad Ali Story
by Torres, Jose

9780071395885Jose Torres (Editor)Sting Like a Bee: The Muhammad Ali StoryFor four decades Muhammad Ali's enduring story has gripped the American public, his profile extending far beyond the boxing community. This account of his life is written by a professional boxing champion. who offers an authentic view of Ali and the world of prizefighting, told by a true insider. Just three years earlier than Ali, Torres himself was the light-heavyweight champion of the world. Torres, who had first met Ali in their Olympic days, delivers explicit accounts of Ali's major fights with the verisimilitude of one who's lived it. Also included are little known anecdotes and facts about Ali's background. With an introduction by Norman Mailer and an epilogue by Budd Schuller. - Description from Syndetics
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