A unique, authorized account of one of the great icons of the 20th century told by some of the greatest living sportsmen, entertainers and politicians as well as those closest to him.
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Lennox Claudius Lewis, CM, CBE (born September 2, 1965) is a retired boxer who won gold for Canada at the 1988 Olympic Games as an amateur. As a professional boxer he became the undisputed World heavyweight champion.
In prose of wildly varying quality, 52 essays address the paradox of how a man who beat other men senseless for a living and served as the spokesman for a religion that taught that white people are devils became the among the most beloved figures on the planet. The broad outlines of Ali's career are known to almost everyone, from the shocking knockout of Sonny Liston to the conversion to Islam and the theft of Ali's title after he refused to be drafted into the Vietnam War. Ali's words—No Vietcong ever called me nigger—remain a memorable statement from the era, and his comeback with the three Frazier fights and the Rumble in the Jungle provided a triumphant coda that Hollywood couldn't have scripted. Essays from such luminaries as Maya Angelou, Gil Scott Heron and Dustin Hoffman contain the platitudinous, the touching, the surprising and the bizarre. However, there are some excellent pieces here, including one by Stanley Crouch, who refers to the Nation of Islam as cultural/political LSD... an emotional hallucinogen. Yet what impresses about this book is the sheer variety of contributors (BB King, Rod Steiger, Tom Jones, Bert Sugar), providing yet another testament to the enduring importance of the heavyweight boxer. (July)
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Descripción United Kingdom: Sanctuary Pub Ltd, 2002. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. Language: eng Language: eng. Nº de ref. de la librería ABE-8541487508
Descripción Sanctuary Publishing, 2002. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX186074401X
Descripción Sanctuary Publishing, 2002. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M186074401X
Descripción Sanctuary Publishing, 2002. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P11186074401X