King of the World is the story of an incredible rise to power, a book of battles With grace and power, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Remnick tells of a. The bestselling biography of Muhammad Ali–with an Introduction by Salman Rushdie On the night in that Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay).. . King of the World is a biography of Muhammad Ali written by David Remnick with a special focus on the period in Ali’s life from his victory in the Olympics to.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling dqvid about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — King of the World by David Remnick. King of the World: He changed the world of sports and went on to change the world itself. As Muhammad Ali, he eemnick become the most recognized face on the planet. Ali was a transcendent athlete and entertainer, a heavyweight Fred Astaire, a rapper before rap was born.

He was a mirror of his era, a dynamic figure in the racial and cultural battles of his time. This unforgettable story of his rise and self-creation, told by a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, places Ali kkng a heritage of great American originals. Cassius Clay grew up in the Jim Crow South and came of athletic age when boxers were at the mercy of the mob.

From the start, Clay rebelled against everything and everyone who would keep him and his people down. He refused the old stereotypes wolrd refused the glad hand of the mob. And, to the confusion and fury of white sportswriters, who were far more comfortable with the self-effacing Joe Louis, Clay came forward as a rebel, insistent on his political views, on his new religion, and, eventually, on a new name.

His rebellion nearly cost him the chance to fight for the heavyweight championship of the world.

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Kennedy–and its pivotal events: Muhammad Ali is a great hero and a beloved figure in American life. King of the World takes us back to the days when his life was a series of battles, inside the ring and out. A master storyteller at the height of his powers, David Kiny has written a book worthy of America’s most dynamic modern hero. Paperbackpages. Published by Picador remncik published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about King of the Worldplease sign up. See 1 question about King of the World…. Lists with This Book. Sep 22, Darwin8u rated it really liked it Shelves: Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand.


I beat people up. I will review this sucker tomorrow. David Remnick better quake. I’m coming for this book. I read it from cover to cover.

King of the World by David Remnick

I know the words better than Remnick could hope to ever know it. Of course he wrote it, because the words ran from him. I know Remick’s words better than his mamma knows him. I’ll give this book till tomorrow. And then I’m coming.

I’m coming wit “It’s just a job. I’m coming with a pen. I’m coming with poetry. I’m coming with the majesty wrld Muhammad Ali. The man who fought a nation. The man who fought for a people. He was a butterfly that Nabokov couldn’t catch or pin. Tomorrow I will take on this book and take my piece in three rounds. But the Man and the book will have to wait for tomorrow. Tonight I’ve got a bed to contend with.

And I’m the greatest sleeper of all time.

I read the hardback version davic Remnick’s book, which was pages with acknowledgement, sources, and index. My edition was a oc printing, 1st Edition from Hate is far too simple a word. I abase and disdain them. It is a lazy and cheap way to do an audio-recording and all you end up with is an ugly, deformed homunculus of the original.

Go all the way or go home David. I mean for GOD’s sake Remnick. Why would remnikc let people kkng the audio version? Your audio choice was just stupid. So, I ended up listening while I did work around the house and at points where it jumped, I’d rn over to the book and read the gaps.

I had to read the gaps because you couldn’t pay for Dick Hill to read the whole thing or Brilliance Audio thought it was only going to sell if you cut it from 12 hours to 6? IT wasn’t like this was some William T. This was a page book on Muhammad Ali.

King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero – David Remnick – Google Books

Do you not respect yourself or do you not resect Ali? Or did you just let the producers talk you down? And yes Remnick, I know you are the editor of the Kinv Yorker, but really man. Besides a nice bio of Obama and your Russia books, what have you done for me lately?

King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero

Get out there and write something more. Or hell, don’t write. Stop leaving the bloody body of your own work on the audio floor. Clay swings with his left, Clay swings with his right, Look at young Cassius Carry the fight. Liston keeps backing But there’s not enough room It’s a matter of time Till Clay lowers the boom. Now Clay lands with a right, What a beautiful swing, And the punch raises the Bear Clean out of the ring.


Liston is still rising And the ref wears a frown, For he can’t start counting, Till Sonny goes down. Now Liston is disappearing from rejnick. The crowd is going frantic, But radar stations have picked him up Somewhere remnicm the Atlantic. Who would have thought When they came to the fight?

That they’d witness the launching Of davkd human satellite. Yes the crowd did not dream When they put wlrld the money That they would see A total eclipse of the Sonny! I am the greatest! The book does a nice job of painting a broad picture of Muhammad Ali and young Cassius Clay while focusing primarily on the Liston – Clay fight that made him famous.

It touches on a lot of the major points of Clay’s life: Some of these were new things, but many were just told well and told with details that were both surprising and intimate. I loved the whole early wrold between Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali. It is hard to walk away from this type of book without loving the subject a daivd more, no matter where th started from. The Knock-out The end of the book was sad and beautiful.

Remnick talking with an Ali that is saddled with age and disease. The Man, however, is also at peace. Remnick does a good job of exploring not just the limits of boxing, but the largeness of man: There is a beauty in it–there is terrible beauty in battle, too, worlr for the noncombatant–but if you meet enough former boxers, if you try to decipher worlr punch-drunk talk, you begin to wonder.

What beauty is worth this? Ali kinv an American myth who has come to mean many things to many people: Ali’s physical condition is shocking not least because it is an accelerated form of what we all fear, the progression of agingthe unpredictability and danger of life.

In Ali we see the frailty even of a man whose job it was to be the most fearsome figure on the globe. Asked how he would like to be remembered Muhammad Ali once remarked: As a man who never looked down on those who looked up at him and who helped as many of his people as he could–financial and also in their fight for freedom, justice, and equality. As a man who wouldn’t embarrass them.

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