Stripping away the revisionism to reveal the true nature of the man himself, this new book recounts the life journey of a fighter universally recognized as a unique and treasured world icon.
Few global personalities have commanded an all-encompassing sporting and cultural audience like Muhammad Ali. Many have tried to interpret his impact and legacy into words. Now, Muhammad Ali: A Tribute to the Greatest allows us to more fully appreciate the truthand understand both the man and the ways in which he helped recalibrate how the world perceives its transcendent figures.
In this celebratory volume, New York Times bestselling author Thomas Hauser provides a compelling retrospective of Ali’s life. relying on personal insights, interviews with close associates and other contemporaries, and memories gathered over the course of decades on the cutting edge of boxing journalism, Hauser explores Ali in colorful detail inside and outside the ring.
Muhammad Ali has attained mythical status. But in recent years, he has been subjected to an image makeover by corporate America as it seeks to homogenize the electrifying nature of his persona. Hauser argues that there has been a deliberate distortion of what Ali believed, said, and stood for, and that making Ali more presentable for advertising purposes by sanitizing his legacy is a disservice to history as well as to Ali himself.
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About the Author
Pulitzer Prize nominee Thomas Hauser is the author of fifty books, on subjects ranging from professional boxing to Beethoven. He is widely recognized as the world’s pre-eminent writer on “the sweet science”
and, in particular, Muhammad Ali. Hauser has won the prestigious Prix Lafayette, the Nat Fleischer
Award for Career Excellence in Boxing Journalism, and the Haviva Reik Award. He lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
The Importance of Muhammad Ali 3
Muhammad Ali and Boxing 13
Muhammad Ali and Congress Remembered 24
The Athlete of the Century 29
Why Muhammad Ali Went to Iraq 33
The Olympic Flame 36
Ali As Diplomat: "No! No! No! Don't!" 38
Ghosts of Manila 41
Rediscovering Joe Frazier through Dave Wolf's Eyes 47
A Holiday Season Fantasy 62
Muhammad Ali: A Classic Hero 65
Elvis and Ali 69
Personal Memories 89
The Day I Met Muhammad Ah 91
Transcript of March 1967 Radio Interview 95
I Was At Ali-Frazier I 100
Reflections on Time Spent with Muhammad Ali 103
"I'm Coming Back to Whup Mike Tysons Butt" 114
Muhammad Ali at Notre Dame: A Night to Remember 118
Muhammad Ali: Thanksgiving 1996 121
Pensacola, Florida 125
A Day of Remembrance 128
Remembering Joe Frazier 131
"Did Barbra Streisand Whup Sonny Liston?" 136
A Life in Quotes 141
The Lost Legacy of Muhammad Ali 201
The Long Sad Goodbye 219
Muhammad Ali's Ring Record 231
About the Author 235