A Life

Book - 2017
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"Based on more than 500 interviews, including Muhammad Ali's closest associates, and enhanced by access to thousands of pages of newly released FBI records, this is a ... story of a man who became one of the great figures of the twentieth century [boxing world]"-- Povided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.
ISBN: 9780544435247
Characteristics: xv, 623 pages, 16 unnumbered pages to plates, : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Chicagoland author Jonathan Eig draws on FBI files and newly discovered audio interviews from the 60s, among other sources, to inform this first major biography since Ali's death. Certainly the book covers major events like his first professional fight as an 18-year-old named Cassius Clay, his la... Read More »

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Jun 06, 2020

Would like this book ASAP. thanks

Jan 16, 2019

The most superficial and shallow biography I have ever read. More like an anthropological examination of a creature based on its fossilized feces. This book is an expose' of all Ali's weaknesses, flaws, and shortcomings, with only a bare bones listing of his achievements, and lasting social and political impact. If you're interested in all the times your parents cheated and lied, fornicated and pooped, then this is a book for you.

Jan 11, 2019

Interesting, but not great. I learned a lot about Ali

Jul 25, 2018

Great book all around. This book covers Ali from his younger stages leading all the way up to his older stages. Provides very detailed stories and displays every boxing match in a way that keeps you on edge. This book highlights the joys everyone saw within Ali as well as some of his many flaws.

Dec 27, 2017

ali backed down from Elijah Muhammad: " Decades later, Ali would say that turning his back on Malcolm was one of the biggest regrets of his life. But at the time, he showed no remorse." Also has two members of the church denying involvement in the assassination of Malcolm X ( one claims it was the FBI). They admit they could have killed him, but 'the honorable Elijah Muhammad told us not to bother him, so we didn't bother him.' Other sources I have read (not the FBI) state unequivocally that Elijah said that Louis X should mastermind the elimination of Elijah's #1 critic (by far). Louis X= Louis Farrakhan

Oct 11, 2017

I'm Excited To Receive A Copy Of This Book Inspired By The Great Boxer, Father And Worlds Most Loveable Friend. I Had The Pleasure Of Meeting This Gentleman Years Ago Coming Out Of Evans On State. I'm Sure His Family Could Agree That Having Him Home Again Before The Holidays Would Be The Altimate Love Gift. So I Guess I Myself Get The Pleasure Of Snuggling With His Story I Can't Wait It Will Be A HONOR !!!!!!!!!! God Loves You And So Do I !!!!!!!!! DYROTHA TODD IN GODs WILL CEO OF OPPORATION LIFE SUPPORT WHERE ALL LIVES MATTER. AMEN BIG BROTHER JAH I NEED THEE !!!!!!!!!!!! MEDITATION CD ASAP.......... HOLIDAY SENSATION OF EXPRESSION THROUGH LOVE'S HARMONIOUS SOUNDS........ SSSSSssssssss.


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