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King of the World by David Remnick
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Sep 14, 2008

really liked it

I liked this more for the picture it paints of the boxing world and african american history than out of any admiration for muhammad ali.
Remnick starts by telling the stories of Floyd Patterson and Sonny Liston, and how the press depicted them as good negro/bad negro..setting the scene for the explosive appearance of Ali. The discussion of civil rights, african american history, the role of the sports press and Ali's embrace of the Muslim Brotherhood are all fascinating. Oh, and the mob's control of boxing.
If you're an Ali fan you'll probably love this. Even if you aren't, it's a great history lesson and gives a better idea of the social context Ali fought in and helped me understand why he was such a huge figure at the time.
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