Ali: A Life
by Jonathan Eig
Simon & Schuster
Release Date: Oct 3, 2017
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From the author of biographies of Jackie Robinson, Lou Gehrig and Al Capone comes this just-released biography of Muhammad Ali. By some accounts this is the first comprehensive biography of Ali to fully capture this colorful figure. And no less than Ken Burns is now working with Eig to create a documentary of Ali based on this biography.
Third-party reviews and links:
- The Washington Post review dated Sept 28, 2017 (by Aram Goudsouzian)
- The (UK) Timesdated Oct 7, 2017 review (by Clive Davis)
- Minneapolis Star Tribune dated Sept 29, 2017 review (by Laurie Hertzel)
- Kirkus review dated August 7, 2017
- Jonathan Eig’s “Chasing Ali” podcast
- Jonathan Eig’s Facebook page and Twitter feed
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From the publisher:
“The most comprehensive and definitive biography of Muhammad Ali that has ever been published, based on more than 500 interviews with those who knew him best, with many dramatic new discoveries about his life and career. Longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year prize.
When the frail, trembling figure of Muhammad Ali lit the Olympic flame in Atlanta in 1996, a TV audience of up to 3 billion people was once again gripped by the story of the world’s most famous sporting icon. The man who had once been reviled for his refusal to fight for his country and for his fast-talking denunciation of his opponents was now almost universally adored, the true cost of his astonishing boxing career clear to see.
In Jonathan Eig’s ground-breaking biography, backed up with much detailed new research specially commissioned for this book, we get a stunning portrait of one of the most significant personalities of the second half of the twentieth century. We are not only taken inside the ring for some of the most famous bouts in boxing history, we also learn about his personal life, his finances, his faith and the moments when the first signs of his physical decline began to show. Ali was a symbol of freedom and courage, a hero to many, but this is also a very personal story of a warrior who vanquished every opponent but was finally brought down by his own stubborn refusal to quit.
An epic tale of a fighter who became the world’s most famous pacifist, Ali: A Life does full justice to an extraordinary man.”