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King of the World by David Remnick
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Feb 17, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: tbb-2010, non-fiction
Read from January 01 to February 17, 2010

Focusses around the two fights Ali fought against Sonny Liston but the scope of this book is wide enough that all the other issues of the time are tackled too. Remnick does a good job of placing the reader in the time and place when boxing and historic events intertwined and the resulting narrative is informative, intelligent and entertaining.

(Blah, blah that sounds too serious.) If you know nothing about boxing or Ali this is a probably a good place to start as it exposes the racism, hatred, corruption and black politics of the time for what it was. Nowadays Ali is of course painted in a good light pretty much universally but it's interesting to go back and see what was said of him and what he said of others in the past.
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