The Story of Muhammad Ali

The Story of Muhammad Ali

by Barry Denenberg

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This fast-paced biography pulls no punches as it traces the often controversial but always fascinating life of the famous boxer. Denenberg is quick to point out that Ali's life is best understood in the context of the two most important social events of the 1960s and the 1970s, the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War. Ali's triumphs and setbacks are covered, including the bitter irony of being welcomed home as an Olympic Gold Medalist and local hero while being refused service at a Louisville lunch counter. Ali's conversion to the Muslim faith and the outcry surrounding his conscientious objector stance to the Vietnam War are also well presented. Boxing fans will enjoy all the gritty details of his early training, his exciting bouts, and the intense physical demands of a career in the ring as well as his struggles with debilitating Parkinson's Syndrome. Ages 8-12. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-- A well-balanced sports biography. While containing plenty of descriptive boxing action, Denenberg doesn't resort to a blow-by-blow account of each of Ali's fights, but rather recounts Ali's Black Muslim conversion and resulting name change, his refusal to serve in the military during the 60s, and his current battle with Parkinson's syndrome. Ali's life is traced from his youth in segregated Louisville, through his Olympic and professional championships, to his present condition and ongoing religious work. A glossary of boxing terminology and an eight-page center section of photographs supplement the text. Ali's career and its social significance, like Jackie Robinson's before him, will stand the test of time, and it is gratifying to see such a quality work. --Tom S. Hurlburt, formerly at Minneapolis Public Library

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Random House Children's Books
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Bio Series
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

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