King of the World Muhammed Ali and the Rise of an American Hero

ISBN-10: 0375702296

ISBN-13: 9780375702297

Edition: N/A

Authors: David Remnick

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"Succeeds more than any previous book in bringing Ali into focus . . . as a starburst of energy, ego and ability whose like will never be seen again."--The Wall Street Journal "Best Nonfiction Book of the Year"--Time "Penetrating . . . reveal[s] details that even close followers of [Ali] might not have known. . . . An amazing story." --The New York Times On the night in 1964 that Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) stepped into the ring with Sonny Liston, he was widely regarded as an irritating freak who danced and talked way too much. Six rounds later Ali was not only the new world heavyweight boxing champion: He was "a new kind of black man" who would shortly transform America's racial politics, its popular culture, and its notions of heroism.         No one has captured Ali--and the era that he exhilarated and sometimes infuriated--with greater vibrancy, drama, and astuteness than David Remnick, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lenin's Tomb (and editor of The New Yorker). In charting Ali's rise from the gyms of Louisville, Kentucky, to his epochal fights against Liston and Floyd Patterson, Remnick creates a canvas of unparalleled richness. He gives us empathetic portraits of wisecracking sportswriters and bone-breaking mobsters; of the baleful Liston and the haunted Patterson; of an audacious Norman Mailer and an enigmatic Malcolm X. Most of all, King of the World does justice to the speed, grace, courage, humor, and ebullience of one of the greatest athletes and irresistibly dynamic personalities of our time. "Nearly pulse-pounding narrative power . . . an important account of a period in American social history." --Chicago Tribune "A pleasure . . . haunting . . . so vivid that one can imagine Ali saying, 'How'd you get inside my head, boy?'" --Wilfrid Sheed, Time
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Book details

List price: $17.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/5/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

David Remnick was born on October 29, 1958 in Hackensack, N.J. and educated at Princeton University. He began his career at the Washington Post in 1982. In 1992, he became a staff writer for the New Yorker. Remnick's book, Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire, won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize in General Non-Fiction. The work deals with the last days of the Soviet Union, which Remnick witnessed firsthand as foreign correspondent to Moscow from the Washington Post. Remnick is the author of other works including The Devil Problem (And Other True Stories) published in 1996 and Resurrection: The Struggle for a New Russia in 1997. His most recent work, King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero, was published in 1998.

Prologue: In Michigan
Underground Man
Two Minutes, Six Seconds
Mr. Fury and Mr. Gray
Stripped
The Bicycle Thief
Twentieth-Century Exuberance
Secrets
Hype
The Cross and the Crescent
Bear Hunting
"Eat Your Words!"
The Changeling
"Save Me, Joe Louis . . ."
Gunfire
The Anchor Punch
What's in a Name?
Epilogue: Old Men by the Fire
Notes on Sources and Acknowledgments
Index
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