“Eig’s comprehensive biography reflects the charm and the rage, the grace and the greed, the pride and the ego of Muhammad Ali.”
Featured in Washington Post’s 50 Notable Non-Fiction Books of 2017.
“Jonathan Eig’s brilliant, exhaustive look at the boxer’s life is the biography the champ deserves: a beautiful portrait of a man whose name will never be forgotten.”
Featured in NPR’s Book Concierge Great Reads of 2017.
“Eig may have outdone himself. I’m generally hesitant to call anything a must read but this book qualifies. It’s not short, at 640 pages, but it never drags.”
Featured in Sports Illustrated Best Sports Books of 2017.
“Eig is relating groundbreaking analysis of the punches taken by Muhammad Ali, particularly in his later fights, to his subsequent ill health.”
Featured in The Guardian’s Best Sports Books of 2017.
From the New York Times best-selling author, Jonathan Eig comes the complete biography of American icon, Muhammad Ali. Eig has been hailed by Ken Burns as one of America’s master storytellers and he certainly gives riveting insight into Ali’s inner circle and vibrant personality with his vivid writing.
Muhammad Ali is known as one of the twentieth century’s most influential figures and is one of the most famous men on the planet due to his fantastic athleticism and outspoken views. Ali has proclaimed himself as the wittiest, the prettiest, the strongest, the bravest, and, of course, the greatest and has set out to prove his words.
“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.”
Born in racially segregated Louisville, Kentucky as Cassius Clay, Ali was the son of a sign painter and a housekeeper. Rising above his humble beginnings, he became a heavyweight boxer with a one of a kind style, a warrior for racial pride, a comedian, a preacher, a poet, a draft resister and an actor among his many career pursuits.
Of course, this path was not easy as millions of people were against his change of religions, name and refusal to fight in the Vietnam War. He converted many to his way of thinking but like all boxers with such a long career, it came at a cost.
Jonathan Eig’s writing in Ali: A Life, he not only portrays Ali’s complex life dealing with his politics, religion, personal life and neurological condition. He also tells a tale about America and how it deals with race, the brutal sport of boxing, and about how Ali’s courageousness shook not only the nation but the world.