Muhammad Ali and the Greatest Heavyweight Generation

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Tom Cushman, one of boxing's great sportswriters, followed the "Ali generation" of fighters from New York to Las Vegas, Nassau to Zaire, reporting for the Philadelphia Daily News from 1966-1982 and for the San Diego Tribune, 1982-1992. Muhammad Ali and the Greatest Heavyweight Generation chronicles the behind-the-scenes stories of the great athletes in boxing's biggest-and-best age-their victories and struggles, crimes and passions, heydays and...
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Tom Cushman, one of boxing's great sportswriters, followed the "Ali generation" of fighters from New York to Las Vegas, Nassau to Zaire, reporting for the Philadelphia Daily News from 1966-1982 and for the San Diego Tribune, 1982-1992. Muhammad Ali and the Greatest Heavyweight Generation chronicles the behind-the-scenes stories of the great athletes in boxing's biggest-and-best age-their victories and struggles, crimes and passions, heydays and swansongs.

This collection of essays, gleaned from Cushman's personal files as well as his recent research, brings to light the backgrounds of the fighters, in and out of the ring: Liston's tragic death, Foreman's rise from hell to heaven, Holmes's crushing defeat and his great heart, Everett's murder-and everywhere, always, the unforgettable voice and charismatic volume of the astounding Muhammad Ali.

Columnist Bill Conlin, Philadelphia Daily News, writes in the book's Preface:

This [is] history of the rarest sort-the view of a man who not only had lived in the time and recorded the events, but now, a quarter of a century later, who was able to interpret both the athletic imprint left by these dynamic men and the sociological impact of their triumphs and tragedies.

Besides the compelling stories of boxing's back stage, Muhammad Ali and the Greatest Heavyweight Generation includes previously unpublished photographs from the personal collections of Cushman and others, as well as classic images from veteran newspaper photographers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982248928
  • Publisher: Southeast Missouri State University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
Introduction
The Distant Trumpets
Nassau
Liston: Dead Man's Eyes
Ali-Frazier: Midnight in the Garden
Frazier: Backwater to Boxing Champ
Stander: Omaha's Golden Opportunity
Foreman: George I
Shavers
Binky: There Was a Crooked Man
Everett
King: Boxing's Worst Hair Day
Norton
Ali-Foreman: Africa Bout
Manila Thrilla
Ali: Movie Star
Holmes
Cooney
Tyson
Foreman: George II
The Final Two
Ali Retired
Epilogue
Index
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