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Ali - A Life

Jonathan Eig

The definitive biography of an American icon, from a New York Times best-selling author with unique access to Ali's inner circle He was the wittiest, the prettiest, the strongest, the bravest, and, of course, the greatest (as he told us over and over again). Muhammad Ali was one of the twentieth century's greatest radicals and most compelling figures. At his funeral in 2016, eulogists said Ali had transcended race and united the country, but they got it wrong. Race was the theme of Ali's life. He insisted that America come to grips with a black man who wasn't afraid to speak out or break the rules. He didn't overcome racism. He called it out. "I am America," he once declared. "I am the part you won't recognize. But get used to me-black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own. Get used to me." Ali went from being one of the most despised men in the country to one of the most beloved. But until now, he has never been the subject of a complete, unauthorized biography. Jonathan Eig, hailed by Ken Burns as one of America's master storytellers, breaks new ground and radically reshapes our understanding of the slippery figure who was Muhammad Ali. Eig had access to all the key people in Ali's life, including his three surviving wives and his managers. He also had access to thousands of pages of new FBI and Justice Department files, as well dozens of hours of newly discovered audiotaped interviews from the 1960s. Jonathan Eig's Ali breaks bold new ground, revealing Ali in the complexity he deserves, shedding important new light on his politics and his neurological condition. Ali is a story about race, about a brutal sport, and about a fascinating man who shook up the world.

The definitive biography of an American icon, from a New York Times best-selling author with unique access to Ali's inner circle He was the wittiest, the prettiest, the strongest, the bravest, and, of course, the greatest (as he told us over and over again). Muhammad Ali was one of the twentieth century's greatest radicals and most compelling figures. At his funeral in 2016, eulogists said Ali had transcended race and united the country, but they got it wrong. Race was the theme of Ali's life. He insisted that America come to grips with a black man who wasn't afraid to speak out or break the rules. He didn't overcome racism. He called it out. "I am America," he once declared. "I am the part you won't recognize. But get used to me-black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own. Get used to me." Ali went from being one of the most despised men in the country to one of the most beloved. But until now, he has never been the subject of a complete, unauthorized biography. Jonathan Eig, hailed by Ken Burns as one of America's master storytellers, breaks new ground and radically reshapes our understanding of the slippery figure who was Muhammad Ali. Eig had access to all the key people in Ali's life, including his three surviving wives and his managers. He also had access to thousands of pages of new FBI and Justice Department files, as well dozens of hours of newly discovered audiotaped interviews from the 1960s. Jonathan Eig's Ali breaks bold new ground, revealing Ali in the complexity he deserves, shedding important new light on his politics and his neurological condition. Ali is a story about race, about a brutal sport, and about a fascinating man who shook up the world.
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The definitive biography of an American icon, from a New York Times best-selling author with unique access to Ali's inner circle He was the wittiest, the prettiest, the strongest, the bravest, and, of course, the greatest (as he told us over and over again). Muhammad Ali was one of the twentieth century's greatest radicals and most compelling figures. At his funeral in 2016, eulogists said Ali had transcended race and united the country, but they got it wrong. Race was the theme of Ali's life. He insisted that America come to grips with a black man who wasn't afraid to speak out or break the rules. He didn't overcome racism. He called it out. "I am America," he once declared. "I am the part you won't recognize. But get used to me-black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own. Get used to me." Ali went from being one of the most despised men in the country to one of the most beloved. But until now, he has never been the subject of a complete, unauthorized biography. Jonathan Eig, hailed by Ken Burns as one of America's master storytellers, breaks new ground and radically reshapes our understanding of the slippery figure who was Muhammad Ali. Eig had access to all the key people in Ali's life, including his three surviving wives and his managers. He also had access to thousands of pages of new FBI and Justice Department files, as well dozens of hours of newly discovered audiotaped interviews from the 1960s. Jonathan Eig's Ali breaks bold new ground, revealing Ali in the complexity he deserves, shedding important new light on his politics and his neurological condition. Ali is a story about race, about a brutal sport, and about a fascinating man who shook up the world.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kevin R. Free

Length:

22h 54m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:02


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

12:51


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:22


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

35:35


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

25:03


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

38:16


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

21:53


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

16:33


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

19:46


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

49:34


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

25:11


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

41:54


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

37:53


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

11:05


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

51:25


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

31:04


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

15:32


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

21:44


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

19:32


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

13:13


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

22:49


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

22:21


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

23:12


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

20:46


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

18:58


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

11:17


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

27:04


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

36:04


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

22:25


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

10:35


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

10:13


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

31:18


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:49


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

17:15


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

17:18


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

21:44


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

38:00


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

38:34


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

26:10


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

23:33


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

26:16


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

30:55


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

26:00


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

30:09


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

26:12


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

16:06


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

10:11


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

27:53


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

16:48


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

13:13


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

15:24


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

22:08


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

40:45


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

23:11


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

26:20


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

28:59


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

12:51


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

31:42


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:00


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

00:33