King of the World is the story of an incredible rise to power, a book of battles With grace and power, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Remnick tells of a. The bestselling biography of Muhammad Ali–with an Introduction by Salman Rushdie On the night in that Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay).. . King of the World is a biography of Muhammad Ali written by David Remnick with a special focus on the period in Ali’s life from his victory in the Olympics to.

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Buy the selected items together This item: I became friends with someone who went to high school with Cassius and was one of his best friends. After proving himself by defeating Sonny Liston, who was at that time the world’s heavy weight champion, Clay became a boxing icon to the world.

Jun 29, Akshansh Mehra rated it it was amazing. This book was a gift for my daughter. The book provides colorful biographical sketches of all three boxers, and it covers their boxing matches, and the events leading up to the matches, very capably. Reflections on Life’s Journey. By focusing his book on a specific moment in a blossoming myth, Remnick, with simple, elegant prose, paints a picture of a time and a hero and makes it clear that both would be very different without the other.

Ali is an American myth who has come to mean many things to many people: It also provides vividly evocative details of the turbulent socio-cultural context of the times: As a man who never looked down on those who looked up at him and who helped as many of his people as he could–financial and also in their fight for freedom, justice, and equality.

Start reading King of the World on your Kindle in under a minute. Boxers were easy targets. Right from the start, as the author relates the fear of the champion Floyd Patterson in preparing to face the menacing challenger Sonny Liston, you can really empathize with these men who worked so hard to rise to the top of their sport and who lost everything so quickly when they lost the title. This book captures the context in which Ali first gained notoriety.


The book does a nice job of painting a broad picture of Muhammad Ali and young Cassius Clay while focusing primarily on the Liston – Clay fight that made him famous.

This is my favorite quote of the whole book and probably one of my favorite quotes besides being from the book.

Liston was from the humblest of origins, illiterate, and villainized for his boorishness, mob connections, and history of jail terms. Stop leaving the bloody body of your own work on the audio floor.

A master storyteller at the height of his powers, David Remnick has written a book worthy of America’s most dynamic modern hero. Open Preview See a Problem? Liston is still rising And the ref wears a frown, For he can’t start counting, Till Sonny goes down.

Clay swings with his left, Clay swings with his right, Look at young Cassius Carry the fight. Remnick does an excellent job describing Mohammad’s character in every little detail. His decision was made when virtually no other celebrity was taking a similar stance, yet he was willing to stand up and represent his black brothers who were giving their lives in Vietnam in disproportionate numbers.

Return to Book Page. More Than a Game: His stand for what is right and possible for humanity. That they’d witness the launching Of a human satellite. It gives a complex picture, repeating and examining the legends and also recalling some of Ali’s troubling beliefs. But every word spoken by him before the fight was spot on he was indeed the greatest. His Life and Times. The writing here is crisp and the numerous quotes from eyewitnesses enhance the narrative.


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In addition, the issues he was a lightning rod for back in the sixties the Nation of Islam, draft resistance to the Viet Nam war, even how African Americans should respond to changes sought by the civil rights movement are footnotes to history now for most young Americans. Or did you just let the producers talk you down?

Kinh your thoughts with other customers. His strengths as a writer are a knack for psychological insight and the patience and confidence to wait for the chance to assert himself. I am not really into sports but this book is really about one of America’s most important historical kking.

Only a brief period in time is covered – but it’s an in-depth look at that time and the people and the places that made up boxing and some of the world outside boxing. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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Despite this assessment, you cannot deny Ali’s reknick and his larger than life persona. Read more Read less. It is interesting to read about what propelled him towards Islam. I recommend this book to anyone, davvid those who find no interest in boxing or sports because this book is not only about boxing but the life of a man who had a dream as a young kid and never gave up to achieve his goal even though there were many rough times in his life and society.

Jan 05, Patrick rated it really liked it Shelves: He never forgets the value of a great quote, and he has John Remhick gift for pared-down prose and for letting a story tell itself.

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