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Muhammad Ali

At the pinnacle of his boxing career during the 1960s and early 1970s, Muhammad Ali seemed to be a cultural symbol of the times. He has been viewed by some as a hero and by others as a rebel, but either way he is arguably the most famous American in the world. This worldly admiration was perhaps best illustrated with his lighting of the Olympic torch during the opening ceremony of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. Ali's life is described from his birth to the present, with an emphasis on his career through 1975. The work covers such topics as his various boxing matches including "The Thrilla in Manilla," his religious conversion to the Nation of Islam, the Vietnam War, and his efforts to promote world peace. A timeline provides key events in Ali's life, and the work concludes with a bibliography of print and electronic sources for additional research.
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An in-depth look into the extraordinary life of a heavyweight boxing champion, whose many personas drew the attention of the world.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword Preface Introduction Timeline Boxing in its Historical and Cultural Context This Lip is Launched: Cassius Clay Emerges, 1942-1960 The Lip Arrives: May 1960-June 1963 The Liston Bouts and the "Total Eclipses of the Sonnys": June 1964-May 1965 The Brief Ascendancy and Long Fall: June 1965-April 1967 Exile: April 1967-September 1970 A Triumphant Return: April 1970-January 1974 From Foreman to retirment: The Last Professional Years The Real Muhammad Ali? Bibliography Index


About the Author

Anthony O. Edmonds is Professor of History at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He is author of The War in Vietnam (Greenwood, 1998).


"[M]uhammad Ali: A Biography remains an important overview of his life and importance, covering his life from birth through his career up to 1974. From descriptions of his various boxing matches to his long fall and exile, Muhammad Ali covers the extent of his stormy and notable life." - The Midwest Book Review - California Bookwatch "Edmonds paints a vivid picture of the great cultural symbol Muhammad Ali from his birth to the present, with an emphasis on his boxing career from 1954 through 1975. This volume includes his religious conversion to Islam, the Vietnam War, and Ali's efforts to promote world peace, and is written with sensitivity as well as honesty. Young people are introduced to Ali as he is today, and they will learn about his struggles, but also his determination to live a good life." - MultiCultural Review

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