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Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight: Cassius Clay vs. the United States of…

by Howard Bingham, Max Wallace

Other authors: Muhammad Ali (Foreword)

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The story I thought I knew until I read the book! A fascinating look at this period of American History and how Ali came back to regain his heavyweight title. From hero to goat to hero a remarkable story. ( )
  foof2you | Jun 7, 2013 |
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An entertaining review of Ali's life during the sixties,. The book addresses the influence of the Vietnam War, the Nation of Islam, and the civil rights movement on Ali. The main focus is on the legal battle over Ali's refusal to serve in Vietnam as a conscientious objector, and on the political and social issues driving the case. Ali's life was certainly influenced by events, but the authors argue that Ali, by standing on principle, was a hero who impacted events himself. I enjoyed this book, and learned a great deal about the events of the period in general, and Muhammad Ali in particular. ( )
  Thomas64 | Mar 31, 2013 |
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This is a conversational general reader's account of Ali's experiences before, during, and after his refusal to submit to induction into the US armed forces during the Vietnam War era. His reasons were religious and spiritual, but the general public did not believe him. But he stuck to his position, was stripped of his boxing title, underwent a seriously exhausting legal battle, and eventually prevailed, returned to the ring and regained the title. A readily accessible account of important events in an important American figure. ( )
  GaryLeeJones | Mar 2, 2013 |
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Fascinating book about Ali but I think it suffered in two respects: first, it is more of a journalistic narrative of the events as they happened than a hardcore philosophical analysis of the rightness or wrongness of Ali's case, and I think it fails to go deep enough into the consequences of letting each man choose his war, so to speak; and second, I felt like much of the history of Joe Louis and Jack Johnson was unnecessary, though it is obvious why the author put it in there, as it clarifies Ali's place as a black heavyweight champion. In fairness to Ali, they changed the rules to target him specifically, and his test scores should have prevented him from even qualifying for the draft; until they changed the rules, they DID prevent him from qualifying.

The facts are definitely intriguing. I am not led to believe that Ali is a hero, despite the author's seeming insistence on this point. But I can see why others believe this. Certainly all the other characters in this saga are scoundrels, so comparatively Ali is all the saints wrapped up into one. ( )
  jrgoetziii | Feb 24, 2013 |
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Enjoyable biography of Muhammad Ali's early life and career up until the end of his Supreme Court battle. While the book is certainly written from a pro-Ali view and wasn't the best sourced (like more normal biographies), I found it very informative, especially for someone who grew up well past Ali's fighting career. ( )
  ryan.adams | Feb 7, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0871319004, Hardcover)

Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight is a behind-the-scenes account of this battle as told by a genuine insider—Ali's closest friend, photographer Howard Bingham.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:11:53 -0400)

In 1966 Muhammad Ali announced his intention to refuse induction into the United States Army as a conscientious objector. This set off a five-year battle that would strip him of his world heavyweight title, bar him from boxing, and nearly send him to prison¿?¿all at the peak of his career as the greatest boxer in history. Ali defiantly proclaimed his refusal to go to war with the assertion that it violated his beliefs as a black Muslim. The subsequent legal battle proved to be a test tougher than fighting Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier and George Foreman combined. Framed with photos from Ali's photographer and good friend Howard Bingham, Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight is the extraordinary story of the greatest challenge to the greatest champion of the century.… (more)

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