By Bob Mee

First booklet to pay attention completely at the Liston-Ali saga.

Three months after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, prizefighters named Charles “Sonny” Liston and Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. stepped right into a boxing ring in Miami to dispute the heavyweight championship of the area. Liston was once a mob fighter with a felony earlier, and rumors have been spreading that Clay used to be not only a loud, bright-eyed boy blessed with greater than his proportion of the craziness of teen, yet a believer in a shadowy cult: the country of Islam. Neither can be a hero within the eyes of the media.

Against this backdrop of political instability, of a rustic at warfare with itself, in a time while traditional African-American humans have been maimed and killed for the smallest acts of defiance, Liston and Clay sought out their very own person destinies. Liston and Ali follows the contrasting paths those males took, from their backgrounds in Arkansas and Kentucky via to that sixteen-month interval in 1964 and 1965 whilst the tale of the area heavyweight championship headquartered on them and all they stood for. either Ali and Liston’s tracks are as their paths diverge: Ali happening to greatness along with his epic fights and Liston catapulted again into oblivion until eventually his mysterious dying in 1970. utilizing unique resource fabric, it explores a riveting bankruptcy in activities background with clean perception and amazing element. Liston and Ali is a worthwhile addition to the literature approximately those global icons and their competitors.
nine colour and eight black-and-white illustrations

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I resolved to never again get so caught up in my business, no matter how exciting or important, that I allowed it to steal too much time from my family. It is a vow I have kept, and now I have been fortunate in that all my children and grandchildren live in Phoenix today. My vacation passed, and my first day on the job entailed accompanying my new boss on a business trip in order to learn the ropes. We were driving somewhere along Route 41 in Indiana when Dick told me of his long-held, heartfelt wish to start an NBA franchise in Chicago, and his frustrated efforts to accomplish this goal.

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