By Bob Mee

ISBN-10: 1616083697

ISBN-13: 9781616083694

First e-book to pay attention exclusively 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 realm. Liston was once a mob fighter with a felony previous, and rumors have been spreading that Clay used to be not only a loud, bright-eyed boy blessed with greater than his percentage of the craziness of adlescent, 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 battle with itself, in a time whilst 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 while the tale of the realm heavyweight championship situated on them and all they stood for. either Ali and Liston’s tracks are as their paths diverge: Ali occurring to greatness along with his epic fights and Liston catapulted again into oblivion until eventually his mysterious demise in 1970. utilizing unique resource fabric, it explores a riveting bankruptcy in activities background with clean perception and notable element. Liston and Ali is a invaluable addition to the literature approximately those global icons and their competitors.
nine colour and eight black-and-white illustrations

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ISBN-13: 2940000959114

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