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Sound and Fury: Two Powerful Lives, One Fateful Friendship

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  57 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell were must-see TV long before that phrase became ubiquitous. Individually interesting, together they were mesmerizing. They were profoundly different -- young and old, black and white, a Muslim and a Jew, Ali barely literate and Cosell an editor of his university's law review. Yet they had in common forces that made them unforgettable: Both we ...more
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Published March 10th 2006 by Free Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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Sep 24, 2010 Malbadeen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people born in the late 60's early 70's
Recommended to Malbadeen by: my low self esteem
First, the book then why I read this book:

The book:
I loved this book so much! The author did a great job of portraying the men as people rather than icons (or at least while being icons). I found out things about both Ali and Cossell that made me dislike then and things that made me like them more. And I thoroughly enjoyed the memories of sports as entertainment, that seeped into our house and cars when I was little. It's probably a mis-remembrance but it all seemed so much more spectacular then
If you are a fan of Ali or of Cosell... or just plain sports broadcasting or writing you will enjoy this book. You may think you have heard it all when it comes to these two men... I fall into that category myself. However this book enlightened and exposed me to details about both and filled in so many blanks and holes I never knew.

The author is the only person that could have written this book, this way, and this well. He had a relationship with both going back well before they became the two m
Adam Morel
If you were a small boy as I was in the early to mid-seventies, Howard Cosell and Muhammad Ali were larger than life, twin towering giants who formed you and made your ears perk and your eyes grow wide with awe. They made your boy heart jump with excitement. Together - and apart, they made you what you remain today. A sports fanatic. A grown man who still pines for the fabled prizefights and nods his head in time with the theme from Monday Night Football. Dave Kindred captures both titans with a ...more
I don’t know if there is a more interesting figure of the Twentieth Century than Ali and there is certainly not one that I find more compelling to read about. This book is a biography not only of Ali, but also of Howard Cosell, the man forever linked with Ali. Although there was not a whole lot new that I learned from this book (Ali has been well covered elsewhere and I have also seen a fascinating HBO piece on Cosell), but I still found the book to be remarkable. They say that the heroes of our ...more
Todd Johnson
Oct 04, 2009 Todd Johnson rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sports, History fans
Recommended to Todd by: Barry Johnson
Much like he exists in life, this book eventually is taken over by Ali. While the story arch of his life is pretty familiar at this point, the book does a great job of talking about both the good and the bad (which seems to have been lost a bit over time).

The Cosell portion of the book is interesting, and is well positioned along side the Ali story. Ultimately though, the sportsman will always be more compelling than the sportscaster who covers him. The book wraps up tackling the interesting ide
Tom Schulte
In this dual biography, the largeness and significance of The Greatest eclipses that of commentator and fan Cosell. Ali's rush to join the military to be stopped by entry written tests and then refusal to be inducted later becomes one of the many acts of an Ali as marionette to Nation of Islam's Elijah Muhammed. This includes voluntarily withdrawing from fighting for a year and expressing trepidation that the assassination that befell Malcom X could happen to Ali if he, too, crossed Elijah. Also ...more
Sound and Fury: Two Powerful Lives, One Fateful Friendship by Dave Kindred is an engrossing look at the friendship between Mohammad Ali and Howard Cossell. This work follows the highs and inevitable lows of both careers and beautifully highlights the biographer's affection for each of these remarkable and difficult personalities. It also illustrated how each interaction benefited their careers creating a symbiotic relationship. I really enjoyed this a great deal.
Much better than I expected.

The author does a fine job on Cosell, who I knew nothing about, but also tills new ground on Ali, who I would have bet my house had no secrets left to uncover.

An interesting portrait of the sport during the greatest heavyweight era of all time.
Audible version - Enjoyed reliving some of my earliest memories of the "Golden Age" of heaveyweight boxing and Monday Night Football. I was fairly oblivious to the racial and societal tensions that were manifest in the attitudes of society towards the friendship of Cossell and Ali.
Warts-and-all look at Ali and Cosell by someone who was there. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Hard to read some of the truths about this two but overall I found them more human after finishing.
Luis Perez
Biography of Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell and how their relationship shaped each other and society.

Good one.
Joseph Young
Mostly interesting account of Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell. The book does tend to drag on after the first third.
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