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Thomas Hauser
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From Publishers Weekly

Draft dodger, rebel, poet and Third World supporter, boxing champ Muhammad Ali symbolizes different things to different people. To many an icon of black pride and empowerment, the Kentucky-born heavyweight is viewed by others as a separatist who embraced the divisive Black Muslim religion, by still others as the victim of a brutalizing sport. Diverse opinions are represented in this hefty, generally admiring compendium that seems less like an authorized biography (though it is) than a forum where rivals, trainers, friends, enemies, ex-wives, sportswriters and associates air their views. The roster of interviewees includes Archie Moore, Howard Cosell, Floyd Patterson, A. J. Liebling, Betty Shabazz (Malcolm X's widow), Ted Kennedy, Dick Gregory, Arthur Ashe and dozens of others. A feast for fans, this composite portrait bristles with insights, jabs and tributes. Hauser's books include The Black Lights . Photos.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

A detailed, if hagiographic, account of Ali's public career and private life. Hauser (author of one of the best books ever on the fight game, 1985's Black Lights) is an obvious and uncritical fan of Ali's, whom he apotheosizes early on as ``the most recognizable person on earth.'' In aid of what might be called oral biography, Hauser draws on over 200 sources--acquaintances, associates, opponents, friends, enemies, blood relations, and celebrity observers of the sometime title-holder--to create a composite portrait that's longer on sympathetic assertions than reflective insight. The ranks of the commentators include the oddly coupled likes of: Cassius Marcellus Clay, Sr. (Ali's dad); Joe Martin (the Louisville cop who taught Ali to box); Olympic teammates; Atallah Shabazz (the daughter of Malcolm X who helped convert Ali to the Nation of Islam); trainer Angelo Dundee; Jimmy Carter; Leon Spinks; George Plimpton; Sylvester Stallone; referee Arthur Mercantee; Chuck Wepner (a human punching bag widely known as ``The Bayonne Bleeder''); and Carl Walker (the black assistant attorney general who tried to make the federal case against Ali for draft evasion). Overall, Hauser does a good job of marshaling a wealth of facts into a cohesive whole and providing behind-the-scenes glimpses of a ring lion in the autumn, if not winter, of his years. Throughout, however, the author makes almost no attempt to conceal the genuine regard and admiration he feels for his subject. A walkover for Ali but a disappointment for those with even a passing interest in the sweet science's grittier realities. (Twenty-four pages of photographs--not seen.) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Vital stuff for sports fans and non-fans alike. 26. März 1998
Von Ein Kunde
Aside from being one helluva boxer, Muhammad Ali was a vibrant, intuitive, funny, giving, and confilcted man. But his universal fame and his powerful fists (in addition to his constantly flapping mouth) often obscured his innate humanity, a quality that is made strikingly evident in Thomas Hauser's "Muhammad Ali: His Life And Times". Hauser's interview-driven paean to possibly the greatest sportsman of the Twentieth Century celebrates Ali's impact both in and out of the boxing ring, while at the same time revealing the heretofore unknown depths of The Champ's complex personality. Even if you know Ali's history backwards and forwards, there's still much to learn from this breathtakingly honest volume. For example, I had no idea that early in his career, soon after he declared himself a member of the intensely pro-black Nation Of Islam, Ali would make his way into poor white neighborhoods to play with the children of the men that his religious sect referred to as "white devils". I was also surprised to learn that the Ali of today--though not the least bit regretful of his decision to align himself with Elijah Muhammad in the early 1960's--no longer holds the Nation Of Islam's founder in particularly high regard. The fact that the champ himself cooperated in the construction of this book (i.e., the unflinching honesty during his own interviews, in addition to the insistance that all of his co-hortrs who were quoted be totally truthful themselves) makes "His Life And Times" that much more vital. An essential portrait a true American original.
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Biographien haben oft eine Tendenz der Einseitigkeit.
Biographien gleiten oft in langatmige mehr oder minder chronologische Detailschilderungen ab, oder sind mit dem Brechhammer auf Humor getrimmt.
Zudem fokusieren viele Biographien so einseitig auf die beschriebene Person, dass kein Blick auf die zeitgenössische politische, kulturelle und gesellschaftlichen Strukturen möglich ist.

Nicht so bei Thomas Hauser !

Ich habe viele Biographien gelesen - gute, mittelmäßige und donnermäßig schlechte. Dies war auch nicht meine erste Biographie über Muhammad Ali . . . . es war allerdings die beste, lesenwerteste und ehrlichste, die mir jemals unter die Augen kam.

Aneinanderreihung von Interviews und persönlichen Meinungen kann ganz schnell langweilig, einseitig, tendenziell manipulierend sein.

Nicht so bei Thomas Hauser !

Das ganze Buch fließt, liest sich oft wie ein super gemachter Roman. Muhammad Ali wird von allen Seiten beleuchtet, sein Werdegang bis in die 90er Jahre einfühlsam, verständnisvoll entwickelt. Dabei kommt auch an keiner Stelle die Einbettung in die politischen, kulturellen und gesellschaftlichen Umstände zu kurz. Boxen - na klar - ist ein Hauptfaktor (wär auch schlimm wenn nicht), aber mit Betonung auf "EIN" Hauptfaktor ! Politik, Gesellschaft, Rassismus, Vorurteile, Amerikanismus, Internationalismus . . . . alles hat seinen Platz, seine Stimme und seine Wichtigkeit.

Ich gehöre einer Generation an, die sich an Cassius M. Clay erinnert, wie er war, wofür er stand, welche Eskapaden er sich leistete und wie er zu Muhammad Ali wurde.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A "must read" for Ali fans 25. März 1999
Muhammad Ali has always played a large part in my life. He showed me that being black did not make me inferior at a time when almost everything and everyone said the opposite. This book gave me a fresh perspective on his achievements and his beliefs, thanks to contributions from sources as diverse as Joe Frazier and Cheryl Tiegs. The stories are wide-ranging and informative. Some were laugh out loud funny (very embarrassing when you're on a train). Some were depressing (stories surrounding Ali's entourage and the Holmes fight almost made me cry). There are even some from people who don't like Ali or see him as someone worthy of praise. All of them gave me a deeper, more rounded insight into a man that I viewed with awe and reverence. I started the book seeing Ali as some kind of distant super hero and ended it seeing him as a warm, caring human being with the same flaws and insecurities as anyone else. Along the way I laughed a lot and learned even more. The book is funny, engaging, and inspirational...just like the man himself.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen beautifully written 6. Juli 1998
Von Ein Kunde
after watching the film 'when we were kings,hauser's portrayal,energy and time was definitely a major factor on why the book is so fact,once picked up it was extremely difficult to put down.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen an in-depth look at an american icon 25. April 2000
This book is essential for fans of Ali's and for anyone who is intrigued by him. The best part of the book is that it is mainly a collection of paragraphs written about him by his fans, family, friends, enemies, and himself. Because of this format, we get an honest account of events surrounding him. For example, Sonny Liston's corner-men give commentary on their fights, as well as those from Ali and his corner-men. The book is well researched and covers every aspect of his career, personality, and motives. An overall great book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The legend
This is for me the ultimate Muhammad Ali biography, it took me past the athlete and into the man.
His insights and how his world saw him at the respective times, an artist in... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 30. Januar 2012 von David Maddox
4.0 von 5 Sternen The Greatest
Excellent Ali biography. With very little narrative by the author, it is mostly a collection of interviews by those in Ali's life from the beginning to the end of his career-- his... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 6. Februar 2000 von "austinidol"
5.0 von 5 Sternen a great book about the greatest
from the first time i got the book and read it i was so happy.this man was a genius in the ring and a human force outside of it. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 2. Januar 2000 von mistermaxxx08
5.0 von 5 Sternen The best book on Ali ever written
This book is not only for Ali fans. It's an authoritative source for 20th century sports historians. And best of all, it's written with the cooperation of Muhammad Ali himself!
Veröffentlicht am 17. November 1999 von Dr. Marc Axelrod
5.0 von 5 Sternen Great biography of a true original
This is a fantastic book on one of the most fascinating and powerful personalities of our times. Regardless of whether or not you're a boxing/sports fan, you'll find it hard to... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 7. September 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the best books I've ever read
If you are a Muhammad Ali fan then you definitely need to have this book.It gives details of his life and career. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 26. Juli 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the all time "greatest stories ever told"
This is one of the greatest books I have read in a long time about one of the greatest men of all time. The Muhammad Ali story is in all inspiring one. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 28. April 1998 veröffentlicht
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