His decision making that made him once hated and later respected and loved. But Eig understates white support for the civil rights movement of the 1960s and sometimes falls into the trap of overgeneralization. There will always be a need and a market for good Ali scholarship. Ali is known for his Call of Duty gameplay videos. In the process, he became the greatest muse in the history of American sportswriting. Eig does a brilliant job filling in the moments in Ali's life, the fights, marriages, infidelities, his conversion to Islam, etc.
He went on to become a heavyweight boxer with a dazzling mix of power and speed, a warrior for racial pride, a comedian, a preacher, a poet, a draft resister, an actor, and a lover. He was black and defiant. In the first Spinks fight, Spinks connected 482 times, mostly with power punches. He fought long after he should have quit, long after the effects of so many punches to the head became apparent. He scored points by landing jabs, but he never hurt Frazier. There are some sloppy mistakes. An utterly absorbing and richly detailed account of the most charismatic and controversial athlete of the 20th century.
But he was the greatest pugilist of all time s , and his accomplishments speak for themselves. Both men were in excellent physical shape. But judges Frank Forbes and Artie Aidala gave Clay the nod by a 5-4-1 margin. Eig makes clear his belief that, while Ali was married to Veronica, he was also having sexual relations with Lonnie Williams, who would become his fourth wife. In 1999 Ali became the first boxer to ever appear on a Wheaties cereal box. Like so many boxers, he stayed too long. He does something much harder: He humanizes him.
He also uploaded a video soon afterwards proving he was alive and well. The epic clashes of the 1970s enshrined Ali's legend around the globe. This book is, by far, the finest piece of literature yet written on Muhammad Ali, and I daresay the greatest boxing-related book of alllll tiiiiimes. The author told the bad along with the good. But get used to me—black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own. History has shown that charisma is a powerful force. Dupe, ego, clown, greedy, hero: larger than life, Jesus or Nero? Ali successfully defended his title eight more times.
By the unceremonious end, he seemed like a lost, shaky ghost. We see his generosity and his selfishness. One was to be famous. He is always on the move, always in motion. The author of acclaimed books on Lou Gehrig and Jackie Robinson, Eig weaves together Ali's athletic feats, cultural significance and personal journey. Anyone interested in Ali's life should enjoy this book, although it will especially appeal to boxing fans.
Some of it is of questionable veracity. Some of us remember his life unfolding on television; others grew familiar with him when he lit the Olympic Torch in 1996, his arm trembling from Parkinson's. . To get yourself psyched for the day, that big conference call at lunch, and the release of Ali: A Life, listen to Jonathan Eig's Muhammad Ali-inspired playlist. There have been many biographies, full and partial, including one published in May.
One can agree or disagree with some of the things Lonnie did. He was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Monsey, New York. Soon he is learning to box; the story of Cassius Clay mentored by a White policeman. By these statistical measures, the man who called himself The Greatest was below average for much of his career. The writing is crisp and engaging, the subject matter s is fascinating and the pages just fly by. Of course, Ali transcended his profession. And with each boxing match described, I cringed a little more at how this one-of-a-kind man was disappearing with each punch.
They were punches that Ali once would have avoided, but this time, if his mind was telling him to move, his body wasn't answering. Together, they made Ali the transcendent athlete of his age. He is currently the most subscribed YouTube channel in the United Kingdom. He was persuaded to let the fight continue. Eig's brilliant, exhaustive book is the biography the champ deserves.