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Ghosts of Manila: The Fateful Blood Feud between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2005

    Interesting but not compelling

    After Thomas Hauser's book about Ali, I felt there was little more to be told. However I thought that the fact that this book was written from a different angle may have resulted in an interesting novel. The main difference to me was that Kram's book was largely based upon his own recollections and was therefore subjective and opinionated. He was quite damning of Ali and I found myself questioning his credibility on a number of occassions. Hauser's book remains the piece de resistance and is so well researched that in my opinion nothing surpasses it. The Kram book depicts Ali almost as a fraud and implies that his decision not to go to Vietnam was more through cowardice than any political stand. I find it hard to believe that he treated Dundee with disdain and called all the shots in the gym. Frazier is treated more kindly but at times depicted as a hot head with thugish tendancies. The positives are the book reveals a lot about the infleunce of Islam on Ali and his relationships with Robertson and Moore are touched on from a fresh viewpoint. I found the book interesting but average. If you want a read about Ali that is not too intense then I suggest this book. If you want a comprehensive overview of his career then I recommend Thomas Hauser's book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2013

    Fighting the Creepers Chapter 3

    "That would be neat!" Hinder agreed. "Two's better than one! I've got a bone in my house you can borrow." <br>
    "Perfect." Hinder and Starch entered Hinder's house. Several patches of the floor had grass on them, and the walls were mixed beech planks and oak planks. It was a very crude house, but Hinder loved it. <br>
    "Here," Hinder said as she took a bone from her chest and placed it on the ground for Starch to get. "So, what will we need for this expedition?" <br>
    "Bones work great," Starch began, "but do you think we'll need a fence so the creepers can't get at us?" <br>
    "Good point." Hinder added the fencing to her pack. "I'll lure the creepers towards us, and then as they get nearer we'll hit them with our sticks until they die!" <br>
    Hinder suddenly added, "What about night? Then the spiders, skeletons, and zombies will be after us as well." <br>
    "We can make a small house," Starch replied desicivly. "With two holes on the sides so we can hit the creepers from within." <br>
    "We'd need..." Hinder trailed off. "53 blocks?" <br>
    "I got 55. Let's go with the higher number," Starch suggested, heading towards the door. <br>
    "Got it. Hang on, let me grab the wood." <br>
    When Hinder was ready, she and Starch set off South. When they got asafe distance away, Starch set up the house while the fence was managed by Hinder. <br>
    "Here I go," she murmered, dashing towards the spawning site. When a good distance away, she called, "Creepers! Come and get me!" <br>
    Five or so creepers obeyed, as well as a host of zombies that began to burn up shortly after. Hinder took a deep breath. "Game on."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013

    A Good Read

    This book puts the reader into the era of the fight. It's a very detailed account of Ali, but not so much Frazier. The book does delve very deeply into the history of other boxers of the era too. I came away having a greater appreciation of Joe Frazier.

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  • Posted January 18, 2012

    Highly recommended for any fight fan

    In depth account of how brutal this fight was and the long term affects it had on both fighters

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2011


    Thoroughly compelling and brutally honest about the myth of Ali as a great man of conscience as well as a deserved appreciation of Joe Frazier.

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    Posted November 23, 2011

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