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King of the World

Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero

David Remnick author Salman Rushdie editor


Publisher:Pan Macmillan

Published:8th Oct '15

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A hugely literate, intelligent evocation of the great heavyweight champion and sportsman of the twentieth century.

With an introduction by Salman Rushdie and an afterword by the author.

It was the night of February 25, 1964. A cloud of cigar smoke drifted through the ring lights. Cassius Clay threw punches into the gray floating haze and waited for the bell.

When Cassius Clay burst onto the sports scene in the 1950s, he broke the mould. He changed the world of sports and went on to change the world itself: from his early fights as Cassius Clay, the young, wiry man from Louisville, unwilling to play the noble and grateful warrior in a white world, to becoming Muhammad Ali, the voice of black America and the most recognized face on the planet.

King of the World is the story of an incredible rise to power, a book of battles fought inside the ring and out. With grace and power, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Remnick tells of a transcendent athlete and entertainer, a rapper before rap was born. Ali was a mirror of his era, a dynamic figure in the racial and cultural clashes of his time and King of the World is a classic piece of non-fiction and a book worthy of America's most dynamic modern hero.

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 * Wall Street Journal *
Penetrating . . . reveals details that even close followers might not have known. . . . An amazing story * New York Times *
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?" * Time *
By now we all have our notions about what Ali meant - to his time and to the history of his sport. Of course David Remnick sheds light on these subjects, but where King of the World really shines is in the ring itself. With telling detail, Remnick captures the drama, danger, beauty, and ugliness of a generation's worth of big heavyweight fights -- Bob Costa
Astute, double-hearted, irresistible. He is so completely in charge of his craft that it becomes an art. -- Toni Morrison, author of Beloved

ISBN: 9781447289555

Dimensions: 197mm x 129mm x 23mm

Weight: 254g

352 pages