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Mohammad Ali was the greatest of all time and in Jonathan Eig’s extraordinary biography we get an unparalleled investigation into what made the boxer the cultural icon we know today. Eig interweaves Ali’s life and the wider historical context of the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, Malcom X and the Nation of Islam, and of course boxing, to brilliant effect.

With extensive research, original interviews, fantastic photographs and exceptional writing Eig has transcended the simple sports biography making it a must have for any fan of great non-fiction story-telling.

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR PRIZE 2017. The most comprehensive and definitive biography of Muhammad Ali that has ever been published, based on more than 500 interviews with those who knew him best, with many dramatic new discoveries about his life and career. When the frail, trembling figure of Muhammad Ali lit the Olympic flame in Atlanta in 1996, a TV audience of up to 3 billion people was once again gripped by the story of the world's most famous sporting icon. The man who had once been reviled for his refusal to fight for his country and for his fast-talking denunciation of his opponents was now almost universally adored, the true cost of his astonishing boxing career clear to see. In Jonathan Eig's ground-breaking biography, backed up with much detailed new research specially commissioned for this book, we get a stunning portrait of one of the most significant personalities of the second half of the twentieth century. We are not only taken inside the ring for some of the most famous bouts in boxing history, we also learn about his personal life, his finances, his faith and the moments when the first signs of his physical decline began to show. Ali was a symbol of freedom and courage, a hero to many, but this is also a very personal story of a warrior who vanquished every opponent but was finally brought down by his own stubborn refusal to quit. An epic tale of a fighter who became the world's most famous pacifist, Ali: A Life does full justice to an extraordinary man.'Remarkable...the earlier chapters dazzle us' The Times'Goes deeper and uncovers more than any Ali biography has before' Esquire



BiographyBiography: generalBiography: sportSport & HobbiesSports & outdoor recreationBoxing Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd Publication Date: 01/10/2017 ISBN-13: 9781471155932  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Born in New York in 1964, Jonathan Eig is a New York Times bestselling author. A former senior special reporter for the Wall Street Journal, he has also written for the New York Times and Esquire, as well as appearing on The Today Show and The Daily Show. He has written four previous books and lives in Chicago with his wife and children.

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Written in a compelling manner. Researched in great detail. This book highlights a unique individual and shines a light on his times.

- 08/10/2017
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