Ali - King of the World
You'd think there wouldn't be much left to say
about a living icon like Muhammad Ali, yet David Remnick imbues King of
the World with all the freshness and vitality this legendary fighter displayed
in his prime.
Beginning with the pre-Ali days of boxing and
its two archetypes, Floyd Patterson (the good black heavyweight) and Sonny
Liston (the bad black heavyweight), Remnick deftly sets the stage for the
emergence of a heavyweight champion the likes of which the world had never
seen: a three-dimensional, Technicolor showman, fighter and minister of
Islam, a man who talked almost as well as he fought.
But mostly Remnick's portrait is of a man who
could not be confined to any existing stereotypes, inside the ring or out.