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The Fight is Norman Mailer's account of the October 30, 1974, fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in the former Zaire. Mailer numbered among several journalists (George Plimpton, Hunter S. Thompson) who followed Ali and Foreman during the summer they trained there. Mailer had an enviable amount of access, including the chance to accompany Ali on a run, which provides an intimate look at an endlessly fascinating figure bent on recovering his championship title. Follow this book up with the excellent documentary When We Were Kings. A note of caution: Mailer's not a writer of modest proportions; he's prone to excess and much feeling. Throughout, especially in the beginning chapters, there's no avoiding Mailer's overt racist tones toward Africans and African-Americans. He confronts the issue openly, but it only evolves into a less explicit problem of marvel and childlike affection.
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This is the story of the world heavyweight championship fight between George Foreman and Muhammed Ali in 1975. As the weeks to the fight ticked away, Ali's preparation was sluggish and his attitude fatalistic, in contrast to the machine-like and confident Foreman.

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ISBN:
9780141184142
Author:
MAILER, NORMAN
Publisher:
PENGUIN BOOKS LTD
Location:
N
Copyright:
Edition Description:
NEW ED
Series:
PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
Publication Date:
20000727
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
198 x 128 in.

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The Fight is Norman Mailer's account of the October 30, 1974, fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in the former Zaire. Mailer numbered among several journalists (George Plimpton, Hunter S. Thompson) who followed Ali and Foreman during the summer they trained there. Mailer had an enviable amount of access, including the chance to accompany Ali on a run, which provides an intimate look at an endlessly fascinating figure bent on recovering his championship title. Follow this book up with the excellent documentary When We Were Kings. A note of caution: Mailer's not a writer of modest proportions; he's prone to excess and much feeling. Throughout, especially in the beginning chapters, there's no avoiding Mailer's overt racist tones toward Africans and African-Americans. He confronts the issue openly, but it only evolves into a less explicit problem of marvel and childlike affection.

"Synopsis" by , This is the story of the world heavyweight championship fight between George Foreman and Muhammed Ali in 1975. As the weeks to the fight ticked away, Ali's preparation was sluggish and his attitude fatalistic, in contrast to the machine-like and confident Foreman.
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