King of the World

King of the World

Muhammad Ali and the Rise of An American Hero

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There were mythic sports figures before him--Jack Johnson, Babe Ruth, Joe Louis, Joe DiMaggio--but when Cassius Clay burst onto the sports scene from his native Louisville in the 1950s, he broke the mold. He changed the world of sports and went on to change the world itself. As Muhammad Ali, he would become the most recognized face on the planet. Ali was a transcendent athlete and entertainer, a heavyweight Fred Astaire, a rapper before rap was born. He was a mirror of his era, a dynamic figure in the racial and cultural battles of his time. This unforgettable story of his rise and self-creation, told by a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, places Ali in a heritage of great American originals. Cassius Clay grew up in the Jim Crow South and came of athletic age when boxers were at the mercy of the mob. From the start, Clay rebelled against everything and everyone who would keep him and his people down. He refused the old stereotypes and refused the glad hand of the mob. And, to the confusion and fury of white sportswriters, who were far more comfortable with the self-effacing Joe Louis, Clay came forward as a rebel, insistent on his political views, on his new religion, and, eventually, on a new name. His rebellion nearly cost him the chance to fight for the heavyweight championship of the world. King of the Worldfeatures some of the pivotal figures of the 1960s--Malcolm X, Elijah Muhammad, John F. Kennedy--and its pivotal events: the civil rights movement, political assassinations, the war in Vietnam. Muhammad Ali is a great hero and a beloved figure in American life. King of the World takes us back to the days when his life was a series of battles, inside the ring and out. A master storyteller at the height of his powers, David Remnick has written a book worthy of America's most dynamic modern hero.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c1998.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780375500657
0375500650
Characteristics: xvii, 326 p. :,ill.

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DINAH30 Jul 12, 2013

intresting book would love to read it

crankylibrarian Nov 03, 2011

The powerful story of Muhammad Ali and his game-changing role in the civil rights movement, and the evolving imagery of black men in America. Author David Remnick contrasts the three major heavyweight champions of the 1960s (Sonny Liston, Floyd Patterson, and Ali) as competing models of black identity: the "Bad Negro", (Liston) the "Good Negro", (Patterson) and Ali, who refused to follow either prescribed role.

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