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5.0 out of 5 stars Remnick delivers knock out story
As a young boy Ali was my first hero. I can vividly remember all the hype before the first Liston fight and seeing the legendary 'Tale of the Tape' section in my local paper, and then watching the fight highlights on tv the next evening. Liston was superbad, the bookies didn't give Ali a chance, the rest is history. I've read just about everything ever written in book...
Published on 25 May 2001

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3.0 out of 5 stars Informative, entertaining and often thrilling.
This book significantly broadened my understanding of Ali's critical role in helping Black America face White America on eye-to-eye, if not equal, terms. Ali is the rarest of characters, and Remnick does a remarkable job of presenting a story of considerable, although presently underrated, historical significance in a lucid, educational and always entertaining...
Published on 4 April 1999


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5.0 out of 5 stars Muhammad - Boxing Against Society, 3 Jan. 1999
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In one on the Eyes on the Prize videos, the focus is on Muhammad Ali and his effect on American culture. Well, this book addresses those issues and more. The most phenomenal fact about Ali is that he vastly shaped himself. When boxing promoters largely developed the public personas of their fighters, Ali decided who he would be and didn't care about how he would be viewed. He cared more about his principles. If Liston and Patterson had done the same, they would probably have been happier men.
Whether you hate Ali or love him, read this book to better understand him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A biography and cultural history in one compelling read, 2 Feb. 2001
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This review is from: King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of the American Hero (Hardcover)
A thoroughly objective and fascinating account. This book provides a broad insight into a period of extreme racial tension within American society. The rise of Ali the boxer and his conversion to the Nation of Islam has, of course, been well documented in previous biographies, but Remnick's extensive use of previous champions Liston and Patterson amongst his subjects, helps to provide an altogether broader perspective on the contrasting cultures that shaped the black struggle. Enlightening, often humourous and above all thought provoking, a truly essential read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 2 Jun. 1999
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As a Ali, and a boxing fan i was concerned that this book would not tell me anything 'new' about the champ. I shouldn't have worried the author does a superb job of telling the 'histories' of all the main players and mixing it with the society of the 1960's. He also tells the stories of the other main fighters of the times, Floyd Patterson and Sonny Liston. Never boring and written in the style of a historian the author achieves all his objectives and leaves no doubt that Muhhammad Ali was 'the greatest'...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A stand out sports book, 28 Aug. 2009
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D. W. Miller "dmiller945" (England) - See all my reviews
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Another super sports book written by an intelligent writer for an intelligent readership.
Remnick does a splendid job in placing Ali in the context of the history of his country and sport with a deft touch. Told as a story, you could almost believe that Remnick had created the great character that is Ali. What we know he did not create were the racial tensions that surrounded this young man as he made his way in boxing. We learn about both in this fascinating book that is totally satisfying. I cannot fault it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 25 Mar. 2000
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This review is from: King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of the American Hero (Hardcover)
If you don't read any other sports book this year, you have to read this one. This is sports writing at its best - powerful, colourful, informative and entertaining. They don't come any better. The book centres on the Clay/Liston fight but draws much more into it. It's not a straight biog, it's much more than that. It's a social history of boxing and American society, written by one of America's finest wordsmiths who is on apar with Mailer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The story of three boxers, 20 Mar. 1999
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I can't believe it, a book that gets you cheering for Patterson over Liston, then Clay over Liston, then feeling bad for Liston as he meets Ali, and finally nervously cheering for Ali as he demolishes Patterson--only to eventually feel guilty for not having supported Patterson. This book really leads you through the early sixties from a unique stance. In short, this is a brilliant wonderful book that is well researched and superbly written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best boxing book I've ever read, 20 July 1999
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Hello, this book King of the World is a great book about Cassius Clay and the champions that lead up to his dominance. It tells about Floyd Patterson and Sonny Liston and many things about the stuff out of the ring that people don't usually get to see. You get to know Cassius before and after he was a champion. This is a book you want to read if u want to know anything about the greatest that ever lived.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The author brilliantly shows why Ali was King of the World, 5 Jan. 1999
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Remnick employs an exceptional writing style in describing the ascendency of Clay/Ali against the backdrop of the Patterson-Liston matches. His treatments of the preparations for the Ali-Liston fights are tantalizing. I would have enjoyed some discussion of Ali's post-prison matches, viz., Frazier and Foreman but that shortcoming does not change the fact that this was my favorite book of 1998
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great insight into the 'sport' of boxing, 16 Jun. 2000
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This review is from: King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of the American Hero (Hardcover)
A very good read indeed, shame the author only focussed on the early part of Ali's career. I would have like to read the story of a people's Champion, who was denied the best years of his boxing life because of his political/religious belief and returning to the ring to reclaim his title as King of the World ! Maybe the 'I am the Greatest' is the title of David's next book...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read, 6 Jan. 1999
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The best book I have ever read about Muhammad Ali, especially due the in-depth analysis of the conversion of Cassius Clay to the Islamic Faith, as well as the detailed coverage of the two men who held the Heavyweight Championship crown prior to Clay/Ali, Floyd Patterson and Sonny Liston. Anyone who is interested in the history of Ali will cherish reading this book.
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