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Ali: A Life

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Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2017

The first truly definitive biography of Muhammad Ali, the most iconic and significant sporting figure of the twentieth century.

William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2017 is Tom Simpson: Bird on the Wire by Andy McGrath, publsihed by cycling specialist Raph Editions

Other shortlisted books for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2017 were:

The Greatest Combeack: From Genocide to Football Glory by David Bolchover (Biteback Publishing)

Ali: A Life by Jonathan Eig (Simon & Schuster)

Quiet Genius: Bob Paisley, British Football's Greatest Manager by Ian Herbert (Bloomsbury Sport, Bloombsury)

Swell: A Waterbiography by Jenny Landreth (Bloomsbury Sport, Bloomsbury)

Centaur by Declan Murphy and Ami Rao (Doubleday, Transworld)

Breaking Ground: Art, Archaelogy and Mythology edited by Neville Gabie, Alan Ward and Jason Wood (Axis Projects)

Last year the prize was won by Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan (Corsair)

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The draw closes on 11 December 2017. The winners will be notified by 15th December 2017, and you should get your prize in time for Christmas.

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Synopsis

Ali: A Life by Jonathan Eig

The most comprehensive and definitive biography of Muhammad Ali that has ever been published, based on more than 500 interviews with those who knew him best, with many dramatic new discoveries about his life and career.

When the frail, trembling figure of Muhammad Ali lit the Olympic flame in Atlanta in 1996, a TV audience of up to 3 billion people was once again gripped by the story of the world's most famous sporting icon. The man who had once been reviled for his refusal to fight for his country and for his fast-talking denunciation of his opponents was now almost universally adored, the true cost of his astonishing boxing career clear to see.

In Jonathan Eig's ground-breaking biography, backed up with much detailed new research specially commissioned for this book, we get a stunning portrait of one of the most significant personalities of the second half of the twentieth century. We are not only taken inside the ring for some of the most famous bouts in boxing history, we also learn about his personal life, his finances, his faith and the moments when the first signs of his physical decline began to show. Ali was a symbol of freedom and courage, a hero to many, but this is also a very personal story of a warrior who vanquished every opponent but was finally brought down by his own stubborn refusal to quit.

An epic tale of a fighter who became the world's most famous pacifist, Ali: A Life does full justice to an extraordinary man.

Reviews

Ali, who died last year, was contradictory and controversial, and Jonathan Eig tells his story beautifully in his stunning new biography of the champ, Ali: A Life... Eig recounts the champ's major bouts in dizzying detail. Even readers who don't care for boxing will be drawn in by his descriptions of the fights... Ali's life was more complex than most other sports figures, and Eig's brilliant, exhaustive book is the biography the champ deserves: a beautiful portrait of a man whose name will never be forgotten, who carried a torch for equality and justice, and lit a fire that will never go out. -- Michael Schaub * NPR Books * 'First rate... An exemplary life of an exemplary man' * Kirkus Reviews * 'Each blow echoes on the pages of Jonathan Eig's relentless, image-altering biography Ali: A Life...Though replete with tales of race, religion, war protest, sex, marital turmoil and skulduggery, this book is, more than anything else, an indictment of boxing. The cumulative damage of Ali's boxing career is a terrible and haunting thing to read about, and it becomes all the more so when you remind yourself that Mr. Eig's subject is one of American sports
most beloved figures, not some luckless tomato can

.
John Schulian

* Wall Street Journal * 'Stunning new biography...Ali is a big, fat, entertaining and illuminating read...What makes Eig's book stand out is its broad scope, its detailed reportage and its lively, cinematic writing.
Laurie Hertzel

* Star Tribune * 'Jonathan Eig's Ali: A Life is the first comprehensive biography worthy of this titanic figure... [Eig] vigorously narrates the story of the man who transformed the landscape of race and sports... Eig also paints Ali's bouts with vivid detail and captivating sweep... Ali stirs together the sweet and the spicy, the gifts and the failings, the charm and the rage, the grace and the greed, the pride and the ego. Together, they made Ali the transcendent athlete of his age.
Aram Goudsouzian

* Washington Post * 'Finally, after so many works focusing on this fight or that, the whole man, his whole life, is presented here
Ken Burns

'Does a remarkable job of synthesising the warring elements of Ali's life. Above all, it delivers a portrait of a hero that does not ignore his all too human flaws. This biography...ends in darkness & melancholy. Fortunately, the earlier chapters dazzle us.'
Clive Davis

* The Times *


About the Author

Born in New York in 1964, Jonathan Eig is a New York Times bestselling author. A former senior special reporter for the Wall Street Journal, he has also written for the New York Times and Esquire, as well as appearing on The Today Show and The Daily Show. He has written four previous books and lives in Chicago with his wife and children.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st October 2017

Author

Jonathan Eig

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Publisher

Simon & Schuster Ltd

Format

Hardback
640 pages

Categories

Sport from the Armchair
Biography / Autobiography
All Shortlists and Winners

Biography: sport
Boxing

ISBN

9781471155932

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