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Liston and Ali: The Ugly Bear and the Boy Who Would Be King by Bob Mee
  

Liston and Ali: The Ugly Bear and the Boy Who Would Be King

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Longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2010.

Liston and Ali follows the contrasting paths these two men took, from their backgrounds in Arkansas and Kentucky through to that 16-month period in 1964 and 1965 when the story of the world heavyweight championship centred on them and all they stood for. Using original source material, it explores a riveting chapter in sporting history with fresh insight and in rare detail.

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Liston and Ali: The Ugly Bear and the Boy Who Would Be King by Bob Mee

Three months after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, two prizefighters named Charles 'Sonny' Liston and Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. stepped into a boxing ring in Miami to dispute the heavyweight championship of the world. America was in turmoil. Nobody knew who or what to trust. Sport can offer catharsis in times of crisis, but not this time. Liston was a mob fighter with a criminal past, and rumours were spreading that Clay was not just a noisy, bright-eyed boy blessed with more than his share of the craziness of youth, but a believer in a shadowy cult: the Nation of Islam. Instead of a hero and a villain, boxing had served up two bad guys. Against this backdrop of political instability, of a country at war with itself, in a time when ordinary African-American people were still being maimed and killed for the smallest acts of defiance, Liston and Clay sought out their own individual destinies.

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One of the most comprehensive books about a solitary ring saga . . . commendably exhaustive * Daily Mail * Mee has provided a fascinating insight into Liston's rise and demise, the end of Clay and the birth of Muhammad Ali * The Sun * There are hundreds of books about Muhammad Ali, but very little good writing about Sonny Liston. Liston and Ali . . . is very good writing about Liston -- Thomas Hauser [The] two-fight saga and its aftermath are diligently researched and recaptured . . . the first book to dissect and debate two of the most controversial heavyweight fights in history * Independent on Sunday * Impeccably researched and wonderfully written . . . [Liston & Ali] transports you back to an era when things were so different, while dramatic social and cultural changes were being made * Boxing News *


About the Author

Bob Mee

Bob Mee is the boxing analyst and commentator for Eurosport TV. He has previously written on boxing for the Daily Telegraph, the Independent on Sunday and Boxing News. His other books include The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Boxing, The Heavyweights and Bare Fists.

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Book Info

Publication date

5th August 2010

Author

Bob Mee

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Publisher

Mainstream Publishing

Format

Paperback
336 pages

Categories

Sport from the Armchair
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Boxing
Sporting events & management
Biography: sport

ISBN

9781845966225

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