King of the World is the story of an incredible rise to power, a book of battles With grace and power, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Remnick tells of a. The bestselling biography of Muhammad Ali–with an Introduction by Salman Rushdie On the night in that Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay).. . King of the World is a biography of Muhammad Ali written by David Remnick with a special focus on the period in Ali’s life from his victory in the Olympics to.

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Of course David Remnick sheds light on these subjects, but where King of the World really shines is in the ring itself. Xavid telling detail, Remnick captures the drama, danger, beauty, and ugliness of a generation’s worth of big heavyweight fights. Six rounds later Ali was not only the new world heavyweight boxing champion: He was “a new kind of black man” who would shortly transform America’s racial politics, its popular culture, and its notions of heroism.

King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The bestselling biography of Muhammad Ali–with an Introduction by Salman Rushdie On the night in that Muhammad Ali then known as Cassius Clay stepped into the ring with Sonny Liston, he was widely regarded as an irritating freak who danced and talked way too much.

In charting Ali’s rise from the gyms of Louisville, Kentucky, to his epochal fights against Liston and Floyd Patterson, Remnick creates a canvas of unparalleled richness. He gives us empathetic portraits of wisecracking sportswriters and bone-breaking mobsters; of the baleful Liston and the haunted Patterson; of an audacious Norman Mailer and an enigmatic Malcolm X. Read more Read less.

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The Girls of Summer: Review “By now we all have our notions about what Ali meant — to his time and to the history of his sport. Start reading King of the World on your Kindle in under a minute. Don’t have a Kindle?

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Showing of reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was thf problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. This book was worldd gift for my daughter. Over and over she shared bits of information she’d learned from this book at the dinner table thd as “Muhammad Ali opposed war.

I am not a personal rmnick of boxing. However, since I have lived in Louisville, KY, the city has embraced one of their own I became friends with someone who went to high school with Cassius and was one of his best friends.

So, I had to read this book and I learned so much about this gifted man. I believe anyone who reads this book will enjoy it and come away with a better understanding of this incredible man! This book captures the context in which Ali first gained notoriety.

It clearly describes how Ali broke the mold relative to sports figures by contrasting his remnico both in and out of the ring to that of his immediate predecessors Sonny Liston and Floyd Patterson. His influence on not only his own sport but on the entire culture is evident throughout this well documented and entertaining book.

It is remarkable how much has changed in 35 years. Remnick brings many of the events of the early 60’s clearly into focus. I found it fascinating to think about the proximity in time of such events as the Kennedy assassination, the Clay-Liston fight, and the Beatles invasion.

Not that any of these things are necessarily related, but it WAS an amazing time.

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The writing here is crisp and the numerous quotes from eyewitnesses enhance the narrative. Well worth the time. The Titans Reigned Supreme Fantastic book – more than just the Ali Story – This is one of the best-written and thought out books of the happenings amongst a small circle of the greatest heavy weights. Only a brief period word time is covered – but it’s an in-depth look at that time and the people and the places that made up boxing and some of the world outside boxing.

This is a great book for anyone interested in these titans – for anyone interested in Patterson, Liston and Ali – for anyone interested in the history of legends. One of the best books I’ve experienced – I truly felt like I was there at times – oing that era – that energy of the people and the times This is one of those books where you wish there was a part 2. The story of Cassius Clay.


From the Rome Olympics to the stunning defeat of Sonny Liston. Very detailed telling of the life and the boxing ring. Absolutely the best book about Ali. I am a long time fight fan, and this book talks about the fight game back in the early 60’s when Patterson and Liston were the champs, but upstart Cassius Clay Ali was beginning to change the world, starting with boxing.

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Of course the coverage of Ali is wonderful, but the discussion of the other two is also very intimately done. One person found this helpful. Having been born in the late 60’s I can only imagine what it was like for Ali.

While reading this book it was as if I was there. Remnick has chosen a delicious topic that left me hungry for more. Brilliantly weaving in the civil rights movement with the Heavy Weight title fights, Remnick puts the reader in the middle of the 50’s and 60’s.

In the process he confirms what we already knew in our hearts, Ali is the greatest fighter of all time. But not just for his ability in the ring, but for remnicl stand. His stand for what is right and possible for humanity. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. The best book I’ve read on Ali – all encompassing and easy to read.

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