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

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

by Jack Cashill

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

"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781418551728
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 01/29/2006
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 976,644
File size: 639 KB

About 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.

Table of Contents

Prologue: March 1971vii
Act 1The Creation of the Myth, 1942-1975
The Year That Tried Men's Souls3
Friday Night Fights22
Tomorrow's Champion25
Lost Gold38
Invented Lives48
Save Us, Cassius Clay57
Audubon Ballroom70
Phantom Punch79
No Quarrel87
Rebellion in Newark101
Black Rednecks and White Liberals107
Muhammad Speaks115
The Second Coming120
All in the Family128
Terrible, Terrible Night133
Seed of the Hypocrite139
Rumble in the Jungle146
We're Through160
Thrilla in Manila164
Act 2The Consequences, 1976-Present
On Time183
Clown Show186
Running Dry190
Middle Class Values193
Disaster in the Desert196
Trauma in the Bahamas206
Young Republican213
Beavis and Butthead222
Do Anything230
Divine Intervention239
Made in New York241
America the Beautiful246
So Much Potential249
About Sources250

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