Ali: A Life. Ali: A Life by Jonathan Eig 2019-03-01

Ali: A Life Rating: 9,2/10 246 reviews

Review: 'Ali: A Life,' by Jonathan Eig

Ali: A Life

He puts words together well. Although his schoolwork suffered, Ali devoted all of his time to boxing and improved steadily. The author of acclaimed books on Lou Gehrig and Jackie Robinson, Eig weaves together Ali's athletic feats, cultural significance and personal journey. Eig does a brilliant job filling in the moments in Ali's life, the fights, marriages, infidelities, his conversion to Even coming from a family which doesn't watch boxing, you can't have grown up in the 60s and 70s without knowing the name of Cassius Clay, that he changed it to Muhammad Ali, and that he was hugely popular and controversial. 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.

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Ali: A Life

His ignorance of the sweet science is in fullest relief when he spends almost an entire chapter citing retrospective CompuBox stats as evidence Ali was overrated. Ali threw jabs and flurries. The crowd was multicultural before anyone used the term, an explosion of pride, a funk fashion show, a drug-addled parade of ego and power. Early life Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. His life had unbelievable twists and turns—most of it at his own making—and he was in the middle of so much history during some of America's most turbulent decades.

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Ali: A Life

They sought a way to make a profit from Ali. Ali stung like a bee but didn't float like a butterfly. Ali worked his way through a series of professional victories, using a style that combined speed with great punching power. A wonderfully successful biography, this is highly recommended reading. Wisdom is not putting a tomato in fruit salad. Anyone interested in Ali's life should enjoy this book, although it will especially appeal to boxing fans. I have very little to say negatively of this book, but I will note a few things here: - This is more of a personal dislike, but I didn't care for the amount of anaphora something that bugs me.

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Ali: A Life

He even tried to win the release of four kidnapped Americans in Lebanon in 1985. His appetite for affection will prove insatiable, opening him to relations with countless girls and women, including four wives. The two hardest punchers he faced in that period were Sonny Liston and Cleveland Williams. I read Hemmingway's The Sun Also Rises when I was 14, the sex in it helped me understand what I was in for. In April 1967 Ali was drafted into military service during the Vietnam War 1957—75; a war fought in an unsuccessful attempt to stop Communist North Vietnam from overtaking South Vietnam.

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Ali: A Life

Ali: A Life

But get used to me—black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own. A bard as a linguist and a shameless hype machine that knew no bounds. And then there is the Ali who objected to fighting in the Vietnam War for an American government that was not fully protecting the rights of African-Americans. But his legs lost their bounce, his punches had no snap. It was an easy and pleasant enough read, but not a particularly rewarding one. Some of this has long been a matter of record. But he was the greatest pugilist of all time s , and his accomplishments speak for themselves.

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Review: 'Ali: A Life,' by Jonathan Eig

Ali: A Life

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Ali was bigger than life, but at the same time so very human, always willing to help people, and sincere in his faith. Ali: A Life floats like a butterfly and stings likes a bee. I finally feel like I understand Ali's motivations, his strengths and weaknesses—and see him as more than some kind of super hero or cartoon. When Cassius Clay was 13 years old, a 14-year-old African-American named Emmett Till was brutally murdered in Mississippi after allegedly making flirtatious remarks to a white woman.

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Ali: A Life

He had a phrase for this feeling of semiconsciousness. My overall verdict is five stars, plus some. Rahman had never been beaten, but he had never fought an opponent of any consequence either. Is there still an Ali message that resonates? His principled sacrifice — along with his exuberant personality and relentless self-promotion — made him a celebrity hero. He trained his body with zeal, honing a unique, dancing style. Not much needs to be said about the impact Muhammad Ali made on the sport of boxing, civil rights in the United States or the Muslim faith.


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Ali: A Life

Contemporaneous ringside CompuBox numbers, which are dubious in accuracy and reveal nothing about the clarity or power of shots landed, are meaningless enough to boxing fans and those involved in the sport; retrospective CompuBox numbers, gleaned from viewing grainy old fight films, are downright nostrum. He daily uploads a video of his gameplay from a Call of Duty video game, and he also covers all information leading up to the launch of a new Call of Duty game. Ali would not be quiet and he would not be humble. My name's Ali-A, and today. But get used to me. While ascending to heavyweight champion, he terrified white America. His eyes closed, his mouth opened, and his legs folded.

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