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Davis Miller
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30 Jan 1997 Vintage Originals

Muhammad Ali was the greatest boxer the world has ever seen, and the most charismatic athlete of all time. Mesmeric both inside the ring and out, Ali has been a role model, a spiritual thinker and a symbol of courage for thousands of people.

Davis Miller was a sickly 12-year-old child when he first encountered Ali. From this meeting there developed a powerful personal relationship that has lasted decades. The Tao of Muhammad Ali is a unique portrait of this exceptional fighter, and a compelling story of hero-worship, of fathers and sons, of strength through wisdom.


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (30 Jan 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099753413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099753414
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.8 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 780,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ali's life has been documented many times over, but never has anyone captured the essence of his ongoing appeal as well as Miller. A poignant and unforgettable portrait of the sports legend" (Booklist)

"A fine, rare book... This story is a classic, one of the standards against which I'll measure all other sports writing" (Glenn Stout The Best American Sports Writing)

"An elegant, moving portrait of the phenomenon that is Ali... Compelling" (Independent)

"Told in clear, spare prose, Miller's warm celebration of Ali will have readers cheering for the man who calls himself "The Greatest of All Times" - and for his Boswell too" (Publishers Weekly)

"Miller's memoir is every fan's ultimate dream-come-true. This is a tender, terrific one-of-a-kind book - a must-read" (Ron Shelton director and writer (Bull Durham, White Men Cant's Jump))

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The compelling story of one man's friendship with the greatest boxer of all time - Muhammad Ali.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic 11 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent piece of writing, interesting and informative about Ali beyond the usual fodder written about him. Superbly written, heartfelt, and reflects what Ali means to his fans more than his great ring career can do justice. Ali transcended sport just as this book transends sports writing
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars timeless feeling, beautiful story 13 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is neither a hokey book about Ali's outlook on life or a weird new-age biography. It is a touching, deeply personal book about both Ali and the book's author and how Ali served as a role model to get him through some of his biggest struggles -- in fact, changing his entire life. Miller's writing is clear, enjoyable, and as descriptive as the best novelists, no matter what he is writing about. I don't read Ali biographies. I picked up this book when I realized it's not just about Ali -- it's about the author, and about PEOPLE. Ali fans will love this book. Even if you don't like Ali and hate boxing, you will marvel at Miller's story and his storytelling. I plan to reread the book many, many times.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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The book is a biography of the life of author Davis Miller and not of Muhammad Ali as one might first think. It follows his life from high school to the near present day and details his growing fascination with "The Greatest" from his childhood. The book centres mainly around the author's life changing events and how Ali influenced them or pulled him through them. It ends with Miller meeing Ali, which prompted him to write his award winning article "My Dinner With Ali", and how he came to be good friends with the champ. The book offers a great deal of insight into how Ali lives his life nowadays and how he has changed since his disability took a strong hold of him. Most of all it shows us that Ali is as strong as ever and needs pity from no-one. There are passages in this book that will make you cry, others that will make you laugh and some that will have you itching to know what happens next. For those who want to know about the real Ali I recommend this over biographies such as Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times, by Thomas Hauser or King Of The World by David Remnick. Should you choose to read this title and would like to read more about the man himself rather than his achievements, then I would recommend I'm A Little Special, A Muhammad Ali Reader, Edited by Gerald Early, in which Miller's article "My Dinner With Ali" is featured. This too offers more insight rather than dates and figures. If you want to read just one thing on Ali then make it 'The Tao Of Muhammad Ali".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
The book is a biography of the life of auther Davis Miller and not of Muhammad Ali as one might first think. It follows his life from highschool to the near present day and details his growing fascination with "The Greatest" from his childhood. The book centres mainly around the authors life changing events and how Ali influenced them or pulled him through them. It ends with Miller meeting Ali, which prompted him to write his award winning article "My Dinner With Ali", and how he came to be good freinds with the champ. The book offers a great deal of insight into how Ali lives his life nowadays and how he has changed since his disability took a strong hold of him. Most of all it shows us that Ali is as strong as ever and needs pity from no-one. There are passages in this book that will make you cry, others that will make you laugh and some that will have you itching to know what happens next. For those who want to know about the real Ali I recommend this over biographies such as Muhammad Ali His Life And Times, by Thomas Hauser or King of the World by David Remnick. Should you choose to read this title and would like to read more about the man himself rather than his acheivements, then I would recommend Im A Little Special, A Muhammad Ali Reader, Edited by Gerald Early, in which Miller's article "My Dinner With Ali" features. This too offers more insight rather than dates and figures. If you want to read anything on Ali then make it "the Tao Of Muhammad Ali".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Envious of the author 7 Jan 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
What a wonderful read! This book offers the reader a refreshing approach to the study of the most influential sportsman in history. The reader can share and often empathise with the thoughts of the author as he recounts the growth of his interests in Ali and his eventual meetings with the great man. It's perhaps the closest many of us fans will ever get and provides great insight into the personality of the Greatest. A superb book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Saint as much as a warrior 15 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I am a boxing fan and endurance athlete. I have always thought there is more to Ali than is portrayed by the press. I think the way Davis has crafted this book has given me an amazing opportunity to learn about the character of Ali. He eloquently juxtaposes himself with the incredible Ali. The result I found to be a very thought provoking look at who all of us are as people, how we age and have to learn and adjust. I can see where some people feel that Davis has focused on his own journey, but I found what he has accomplished in doing this is remarkable. I would like to thank him for the insight he has given me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hero's and mortals 28 April 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book was not at all what I expected. But it was so much better for the surprise. The brave story of the author tracked against the rise of the master gave me the insight we must all have on our own hero worship. But to meet Ali the man in these pages the person behind the bravado was a real bonus. To feel the humility of the great man from the pages was excellent. I would never in the world have picked up this book had it not come highly recommended but then it would have been an insight missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Book/story for everyone. Ali fan or not
This book is fantastic - you must read it! I cant believe it took me so long to discover it but it is a book I will cherish and I look forward to re-reading it again and again. Read more
Published on 12 Oct 2011 by AussieLinda
5.0 out of 5 stars True Ali, True Life
Davis Miller deserves a medal! He takes one of the last centuries greatest icons and places Ali firmly within the context of how everyday life unfolds via the medium of his... Read more
Published on 19 July 2003 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars People will still be reading this book in 2,102 AD
And I'll bet (not that any of us will be around to find out) that this is the only book about Muhammad Ali for which that will be true. Beautiful writing. Real literature. Read more
Published on 15 Jan 2002 by Davis Miller
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a book about Ali
As I have seen mentioned in other reviews this is not so much a biography of Ali but the author's own life story. Read more
Published on 9 Mar 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Unashamedly heartfelt and beautiful
An intensely personal account of the author and the impact the great man had on his life. What it lacks in statistics and fight stories, it more than makes up for in subtly giving... Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a great read and insightful look into Ali, the man
Miller really looks into the Ali, the man, not just the boxer. He has a great way of showing the impact of Ali on his life and explains in his own words how Ali was able to touch... Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2000 by kem2422@aol.com
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