5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Evocative and splendidly entertaining,
By A Customer
This review is from: King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero (Paperback)
Muhammad Ali has always been a hero of mine, but it wasn't until I read this book that I fully realised the various stresses all pulling on the young man. From the racist attitude of the boxing press to the influence of the Nation of Islam, Ali rises above it all with a natural wit and a boxing style and elegance all of his own. David Remnick paints an evocative portrait of the time and gives a keen insight into the internal politics surrounding the fight game, the Black Muslims and the boxing press.
Remnick intersperses the book with well researched pieces covering the social history of boxing and the principal protagonists within the sport. This enhances the appeal of Ali and demonstrates just how he broke the mould when he burst onto the scene. The book also clarifies some of the myths surrounding the man and brings a new understanding to where and what he came from. It allows the reader access to the thought processes of Ali, Louis, Liston and Patterson and leads to a renewed sympathy for some of the great names of the fight game and their subsequent decline in later years.More than anything, the book makes you want to review your old fight videotapes and marvel at the skill of a man who surely was "The Greatest".
I wish Remnick would now complete the tale beyond 1967, I am sure that it would be an immediate bestseller.
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