Muhammad Ali,Richard Durham

The Greatest: My Own Story

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In his own words, the heavyweight champion of the world pulls no punches as he chronicles the battles he faced in and out of the ring in this fascinating memoir edited by Nobel Prize-winning novelist, Toni Morrison.
Growing up in the South, surrounded by racial bigotry and discrimination, Ali fought not just for a living, but also for respect and rewards far more precious than money or glory. He was named Sportsman of the Century by Sports Illustrated and the BBC. Ali redefined what it meant to be an athlete by giving hope to millions around the world and inspiring us all to fight for what is important to us.
This is a multifaceted portrait of Muhammad Ali only he could render: sports legend; unapologetic anti-war advocate; outrageous showman and gracious goodwill ambassador; fighter, lover, poet, and provocateur; an irresistible force to be reckoned with.
Who better to tell the tale than the man who went the distance living it?
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  • Omair Khugyanihar citeretfor 3 år siden
    I start dreaming: I can see myself telling my next-door neighbor, “I’m getting ready to fight for the Heavyweight Title of the World!” And coming back the next night to say, “I’m now the Heavyweight Champion of the World!” The rain is cold and pouring down harder, and I ask myself, “Can I?” At this time I can’t even beat everybody in my own gym.
  • Omair Khugyanihar citeretfor 3 år siden
    I have gotten there just in time to hear the announcer crying out above the noise, “And still the Heavyweight Champion of the World, Rocky Marciano!”
    A cold chill shoots through my bones. I have never heard anything that affected me like those words: “Heavyweight Champion of the World.” All the world? And from that day on I want to hear that said about me.
  • Omair Khugyanihar citeretfor 3 år siden
    I walk over to him. “You Jimmy Ellis?”
    “You Cassius Clay?”
    “Why don’t you gain some weight,” I say, as if being skinny is his fault. Tears are in his eyes. “We both lost four dollars because you’re too skinny.”
    “We lost four dollars because you’re too heavy!” he shoots back. “You’re too young to weigh that much.”
    I can see he feels as bad as I do. I am two years younger than Jimmy, but I am also heavier.

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