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Muhammad Ali: The Story of a Boxing Legendby Alan Goldstein
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and#147;I am the greatest,and#8221; declared Muhammad Ali-and he backed up his words with actions. Not only was he the finest heavyweight boxer ever to step into the ring, he was also a compelling and controversial figure outside of it.
The Official Treasures of Muhammad Ali celebrates the boxing legend's glorious achievements through a stunning selection of 150 photographs and 25 items of Ali's own personal memorabilia. This sumptuous book spans Ali's entire career, from his Kentucky childhood and 1960 Olympic success to and#147;The Rumble in the Jungleand#8221; and and#147;Thrilla in Manila.and#8221; Stylish text examines Ali's refusal to fight in Vietnam, his retirement and battle with Parkinson's, and his incredible impact on world culture.
He floated like a butterfly, stung like a beeand#8212;and with his irresistible mix of bombast, comedy, innovation, and sublime talent, Muhammad Ali revived boxing. Through the eyes of those who knew him and saw him fight, follow Ali's life from his humble beginnings to Olympic victory, through the and#8220;Rumble in the Jungleand#8221; and and#8220;Thrilla in Manila,and#8221; to his present-day battle with Parkinson's.
He floated like a butterfly, stung like a beeand#8212;and this is the story of one of the greatest boxers who ever lived, through the eyes of those who knew him and saw him fight. Muhammad Ali transcended sport to become a symbol of black pride, of principled opposition to the Vietnam War, and a world-famous figure. With his irresistible mix of bombast, comedy, innovation, and sublime talent, he brought boxing back to life, and this biography follows Ali from his humble beginnings to Olympic victory, through the and#8220;Rumble in the Jungleand#8221; and and#8220;Thrilla in Manila,and#8221; to his present-day battle with Parkinson's.
About the Author
Alan Goldstein is the former boxing correspondent for the Baltimore Sun. He was ever-present at Ali's fights and is a much-respected boxing writer, having received the Nat Fleischer Memorial Award for Excellence in Boxing Journalism in 1997 by the Boxing Writers Association of America and the International Boxing Hall of Fame. He has written a number of books, including a boxing training manual and a biography of Sugar Ray Leonard.
George Foreman was world heavyweight champion from 1972 to 1974, until losing to Ali in Kinshasa, Zaire, at and#8220;The Rumble in the Jungle.and#8221; Foreman became the oldest man to win the world heavyweight title when he beat Michael Moorer in 1994, aged 45.
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