Ali and Liston: The Boy Who Would Be King and the Ugly Bear by Bob Mee

By Bob Mee

First publication 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 used to be a mob fighter with a legal prior, and rumors have been spreading that Clay was once not only a loud, bright-eyed boy blessed with greater than his proportion of the craziness of youngster, yet a believer in a shadowy cult: the kingdom 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 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 realm 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 demise in 1970. utilizing unique resource fabric, it explores a riveting bankruptcy in activities background with clean perception and extraordinary aspect. Liston and Ali is a necessary 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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