A sweeping biography of one of the greatest and most provocative athletes of all time—“a life that needs to be understood whether you care a whit about boxing or not” (The Boston Globe).
Athlete, activist, rebel, poet, legend—Muhammad Ali stood larger than life in the imagination of hundreds of millions of people around the world. A gold medalist at the 1960 Olympics, he won the heavyweight championship at age twenty-two by conquering Sonny Liston in dramatic fashion. In the weeks after the upset victory, he confirmed his membership in the Nation of Islam and told reporters he would no longer answer to his “slave name”: Cassius Clay. The political establishment stripped him of his heavyweight title when he refused induction into the United States Army during the height of the war in Vietnam.
Ultimately, Ali returned to reclaim his crown, prevailing in epic fights against the likes of Joe Frazier and George Foreman. His talent and charisma—and above all, his adherence to principle—made him a cultural icon and one of the most beloved sporting figures of all time.
But that is only half the tale. Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times is also the story of Ali, the man. Author Thomas Hauser got closer to Ali than any previous biographer. His work—told in Ali’s own words and those of hundreds of family members, friends, rivals, and others who interacted with “The Greatest” over the decades—reveals a deeply spiritual, complex man, whose public and private battles, including his struggle against the devastating effects of Parkinson’s disease, gave new meaning to the word courage and changed forever our conception of what makes a champion.
Heralded by the New York Times as “the first definitive biography of the boxer who transcended sports as no other athlete ever has,” Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the legacy of one of the twentieth century’s most charismatic and controversial superstars.
This enhanced ebook includes rare video footage, audio clips, and photos authorized by Muhammad Ali Enterprises.
“The first definitive biography of the boxer who transcended sports as no other athlete ever has.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Extensive and fascinating detail; first-rate. The triumph of the witness technique in biography may be judged complete.” —Daily News (New York)
“A magnificent book about a life that needs to be understood whether you care a whit about boxing or not.” —The Boston Globe
“Rich and absorbing . . . Creates a new foundation for all future Ali scholarship.” —Robert Lipsyte, Los Angeles Times
“A feast for fans, this composite portrait bristles with insights, jabs, and tributes.” —Publishers Weekly
“Compelling . . . I doubt that we shall ever see a more comprehensive portrait of this extraordinary athlete.” —The Sporting News
“Lovingly compiled and exhaustively researched.” —Entertainment Weekly
“The most comprehensive account of Ali’s life and influence . . . The pleasure of an oral history like Hauser’s is the intimacy it projects, the unguarded (but never unedited) forthrightness of its participants, and the art with which their voices are assembled.” —Literary Hub
Thomas Hauser (b. 1946) is the author of forty-two books on subjects ranging from professional boxing to Beethoven. His first work, Missing, was made into an Academy Award–winning film. Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times earned numerous awards for its author, including the prestigious William Hill Sports Book of the Year. In 2004, the Boxing Writers Association of America honored Hauser with the Nat Fleischer Award for Career Excellence in Boxing Journalism.