Ali: A Life


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Mariner Books
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5.9 X 9.0 X 1.6 inches | 1.45 pounds

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About the Author

JONATHAN EIG is the critically acclaimed, best-selling author of numerous books, including Luckiest Man and Opening Day. He is a contributing writer to the Wall Street Journal and is currently working with Ken Burns to develop a four-part documentary on Ali.


A New York Times Bestseller and Notable Book of 2018
Winner of the 2018 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing
Winner of The Times Sports Biography of the Year

"This richly researched, sympathetic yet unsparing portrait of a controversial figure for whom the personal and the political dramatically fused could not come at a more appropriate time in our beleaguered American history. As Muhammad Ali's life was an epic of a life so "Ali: A Life" is an epic of a biography...pages in succession its narrative reads like a novel -- a suspenseful novel with a cast of vivid characters." -Joyce Carol Oates, New York Times Book Review

"[A] relentless, image-altering biography." --Wall Street Journal

"The first comprehensive biography worthy of this titanic figure." --Washington Post

"Stunning . . . Eig's brilliant, exhaustive book is the biography the champ deserves."

"Eig's revelatory bio traces the late boxer's path from pariah to national treasure." --People

"Drawing on interviews with Muhammad Ali's friends, family, and colleagues--as well as recently discovered recordings from the 1960s and extensive FBI files--Eig tells the life story of the legendary boxer, political radical, and hero in all its complexity." --Entertainment Weekly

"Jonathan Eig's masterful new biography of the champ is both captivating and highly relevant to the current discussions on race in America . . . Eig's boxing descriptions are taut and lively . . . He presents boxing in all of its majesty and violence . . . Muhammad Ali was one of the most compelling figures in the 20th century, and Eig does ample justice to capturing his extraordinary and enduring legacy." --Seattle Times

"'Ali' is a big, fat, entertaining and illuminating read . . . What makes Eig's book stand out is its broad scope, its detailed reportage and its lively, cinematic writing." --Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"Exhaustive and engaging." --Boston Globe

"Eig's book is a fine read on the great boxer's life, taking him on as he was and always seeking the truth that hits closest to bone. It covers the tumultuous middle, and then the oddly sanitized and bland second half of the American Century, an era in which Muhammad Ali was among the biggest and brightest players on the stage -- living a life that, far from signifying nothing, will in its outrageous grandeur and stunning humanity, stand the test of time." --Chicago Review of Books

"Eig never loses grasp of the basic humanity of his subject, allowing Ali the man to take center stage from Ali the legend. Locked on that purpose, Eig delivers a biography that reflects his subject well--complex but straightforward, human but legendary." --Chapter 16

"Finally Muhammad Ali has a biography as big, complex, and memorable as the man himself--or as close as any book can come. From panoramic views of Ali's place in racial, political, and cultural conflicts, to gripping accounts of his fights, to vivid close-ups of his outsized personality and relationships based on new sources, Ali will fascinate you from beginning to end." --T. J. Stiles, author of Custer's Trials and The First Tycoon

"Some people want to grow up to be an astronaut. Or maybe even president. Or heavyweight champion of the world. I always wanted to be a storyteller. The hardest story to tell is one that's been told and told well before. In Ali, Jonathan Eig, a fearless reporter, as relentless on his turf as Muhammad Ali ever was within the ring, has taken on one of twentieth-century America's biggest, baddest, most important stories and told it bigger and badder than it's ever been told before. Ali: A Life floats like a butterfly and stings likes a bee. Stop the fight. It's over. Eig in a knockout."--Jane Leavy, author of Sandy Koufax and The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood

"Ali is a marvelous biography--deeply reported, illuminating, dripping with detail chapter after chapter--in every way worthy of one of the great figures of twentieth-century America." --David Maraniss, author of When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi

"Finally, after so many works focusing on this fight or that, the whole man, the whole life, is presented here. And what a revelation it is--to be able to see how this remarkable man was shaped by his world, and how that world was, in turn, profoundly influenced by this exceptional and complicated kid from Louisville. Bravo!" --Ken Burns