The Fight of the Century: Ali vs. Frazier March 8, 1971 [NOOK Book]

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"The Fight of the Century brings back memories of a different and troubled time both in sports and in our country. It is vividly reported and a perfect example of the old saying that the genius is in the details."

—John Feinstein

"The Fight of the Century just floats like a butterfly and sings like a canary. Arkush recaptures the period of the late '60s when America was in a quandary about Vietnam, Ali's refusal to be drafted, about Smokin' Joe Frazier's claim on the heavyweight title, and the ...

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The Fight of the Century: Ali vs. Frazier March 8, 1971

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Overview

Advance Praise

"The Fight of the Century brings back memories of a different and troubled time both in sports and in our country. It is vividly reported and a perfect example of the old saying that the genius is in the details."

—John Feinstein

"The Fight of the Century just floats like a butterfly and sings like a canary. Arkush recaptures the period of the late '60s when America was in a quandary about Vietnam, Ali's refusal to be drafted, about Smokin' Joe Frazier's claim on the heavyweight title, and the amazing build-up to this great fight. I saw the fight and remember the intensity in Madison Square Garden; people were fainting in the aisles. The electricity of that fight buzzes through this book."

—Phil Jackson

"Ali-Frazier I was the greatest sports event I ever saw or ever expect to see. With his landscape portrait of the men and their times, Michael Arkush takes us again to that historic moment in Madison Square Garden when two of boxing's proudest warriors began their blood feud."

—Dave Kindred, author of Sound and Fury: Two Powerful Lives, One Fateful Friendship

"Arkush not only gives us the inside story on one of the century's signature sporting events, he frames it politically and socially. I was there, and now I know much more about what happened. This is flesh and blood and history."

—Robert Lipsyte

"The Fight of the Century transcends the mere sports story. In Michael Arkush's capable hands, this classic duel and its surrounding pressures and personalities show us where we have been as a society and where we are going. It is a story that truly stands for a place and time. It is a fully engrossing read."

—Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Never is a long time, but there'll never be another cosmic boxing event like Ali-Frazier I. Michael Arkush brings alive that melodrama with all its political-social implications, wheeling and dealing, hyping and hitting."

—Larry Merchant, author and boxing commentator

"A richly detailed history of Ali and Frazier's first big fight and the social and political forces at play. A great read."

—Ron Shelton, director of Bull Durham and Tin Cup

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* "...an enthralling and meticulous account of genuine sporting rivalry...Brilliantly capturing the unprecedented grandiosity of the occasion... must be recommended" (The Independent, October 27th 2008)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470178638
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 680,800
  • File size: 992 KB

Meet the Author

Michael Arkush has written nine books, including two New York Times bestsellers: The Last Season (with Phil Jackson), an account of the Lakers' memorable 2003–2004 campaign, and Rush!, an unauthorized biography of Rush Limbaugh. He and his wife, Pauletta, live in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Beating the System     1
"Back in My Old Life Again"     32
Joe     61
The Tune-ups     90
Jack, Jerry, and the Deal     105
The Show     121
The Countdown     145
March 8     168
The Fight     181
After the Fight     196
Where Are They Now?     213
Acknowledgments     217
Notes     223
Bibliography     247
Index     249
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013

    Well Written and Very Detailed.

    This book does a great job of documenting this historic event. The build-up to the fight is fast paced and always interesting. The author gives a balanced account of the lives of both fighters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    Mahmed ali

    Best boxer ever

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