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

King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero“Succeeds more than any previous book in bringing Ali into focus . . . as a starburst of energy, ego and ability whose like will never be seen again.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Best Nonfiction Book of the Year” —Time

“Penetrating . . . reveal[s] details that even close followers of [Ali] might not have known. . . . An amazing story.” —The New York Times

On the night in 1964 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. 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.
        
No one has captured Ali–and the era that he exhilarated and sometimes infuriated–with greater vibrancy, drama, and astuteness than David Remnick, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Leni
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