Sucker Punch: The Hard Left Hook That Dazed Ali and Killed King's Dream [NOOK Book]

Overview

"Everything that he has done

was against this country." 

Joe Frazier on Muhammad Ali

Part man, part myth, and all American, Muhammad Ali is history's most beloved, most revered athlete. But though he was "The Greatest" inside the ring, outside he was a hulking mass of contradictions. 

This book is the first comprehensive, pull-no-punches account of America's least likely icon. Jack Cashill explores the ...

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Sucker Punch: The Hard Left Hook That Dazed Ali and Killed King's Dream

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Overview

"Everything that he has done

was against this country." 

Joe Frazier on Muhammad Ali

Part man, part myth, and all American, Muhammad Ali is history's most beloved, most revered athlete. But though he was "The Greatest" inside the ring, outside he was a hulking mass of contradictions. 

This book is the first comprehensive, pull-no-punches account of America's least likely icon. Jack Cashill explores the changing mores and racial dynamics of the sixties alongside Ali's epic battles in the ring. "What Ali did, great or otherwise, was to channel the spirit of his age. . . . He captured the ethos of that decade all too well. It wasn't pretty. I was there, and I know what I saw."

Cashill reveals how Elijah Muhammad seduced Ali--and how that seduction spelled the betrayal of Dr. King's dream, the death of Malcolm X, the humiliation of Joe Frazier, the rise of Don King, and the tragic undoing of Mike Tyson--and proves that: 

Ali was an unapologetic sexist and unabashed racist, calling for the lynching of interracial couples and an American apartheid as late as 1975. 

Ali routinely denigrated black heroes who did not share his point of view, including Joe Louis, Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, and especially Joe Frazier.

Ali shamelessly courted some of the most brutal dictators on the planet: Qadaffi, Idi Amin, Papa Doc Duvalier, Nkrumah, Mobutu, and Ferdinand Marcos.

With unusual sympathy and unflinching insight, Cashill assesses Ali's boxing conquests and political influence. He shows how the very figure who could have brought America's diverse people together when it mattered, instead tore them apart.

Jack Cashill has written and directed The Holocaust through Our Own Eyes, The Soul of the West and the Emmy-Award winning The Royal Years among other documentaries for regional PBS and national cable channels. Cashill has a Ph.D. in American studies from Purdue and has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Fortune, Weekly Standard, WorldNetDaily, and Ingram's, where he serves as executive editor. He is also the author of First Strike, Ron Brown's Body, and Hoodwinked: How Intellectual Hucksters Have Hijacked American Culture.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781418551728
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/31/2006
  • Sold by: THOMAS NELSON
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • File size: 850 KB

Meet the Author

Jack Cashill has written for The WSJ, Washington Post, Weekly Standard, and regularly in the American Thinker and WorldNetDaily. Recent books include Hoodwinked, Sucker Punch, and What’s The Matter With California. Jack has a Ph.D. from Purdue.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: March 1971 vii
Act 1 The Creation of the Myth, 1942-1975
The Year That Tried Men's Souls 3
Friday Night Fights 22
Tomorrow's Champion 25
Rumblings 33
Lost Gold 38
Invented Lives 48
Save Us, Cassius Clay 57
Audubon Ballroom 70
Phantom Punch 79
No Quarrel 87
Rebellion in Newark 101
Black Rednecks and White Liberals 107
Muhammad Speaks 115
The Second Coming 120
All in the Family 128
Terrible, Terrible Night 133
Seed of the Hypocrite 139
Rumble in the Jungle 146
We're Through 160
Thrilla in Manila 164
Act 2 The Consequences, 1976-Present
Footsteps 181
On Time 183
Clown Show 186
Running Dry 190
Middle Class Values 193
Disaster in the Desert 196
Trauma in the Bahamas 206
Young Republican 213
Beavis and Butthead 222
Do Anything 230
Divine Intervention 239
Made in New York 241
America the Beautiful 246
So Much Potential 249
About Sources 250
Index 254
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