A Tribute to the Greatest
By Thomas Hauser (New York Times Bestselling Author)
Hardback 235 Pages
ISBN : 9781681771694
Publisher : Pegasus Books, New York, London
About The Book
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 truth—and understand both the man and the ways in which he helped re-calibrate 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.
Table of Contents
- The Importance of Muhammad Ali
- Muhammad Ali and Boxing
- Muhammad Ali and Congress Remembered
- The Athlete of the Century
- Why Muhammad Ali Went to Iraq
- The Olympic Flame
- Ali As Diplomat: "No! No! No! Don't!"
- Ghosts of Manila
- Rediscovering Joe Frazier through Dave Wolf's Eyes
- A Holiday Season Fantasy
- Muhammad Ali: A Classic Hero
- Elvis and Ali
- Personal Memories
- The Day I Met Muhammad
- Transcript of March 1967 Radio Interview
- I Was At Ali-Frazier
- Reflections on Time Spent with Muhammad Ali
- "I'm Coming Back to Whup Mike Tyson's Butt"
- Muhammad Ali at Notre Dame: A Night to Remember
- Muhammad Ali: Thanksgiving 1996
- Pensacola, Florida
- A Day of Remembrance
- Remembering Joe Frazier
- "Did Barbra Streisand Whup Sonny Liston?"
- A Life in Quotes
- The Lost Legacy of Muhammad Ali
- The Long Sad Goodbye
- Muhammad Ali's Ring Record
- About the Author
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.
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