Ali and Liston: The Boy who Would be King and the Ugly Bear

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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Three months after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, two prizefighters named Charles Sonny Liston and Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. stepped into a boxing ring in Miami to dispute the heavyweight championship of the world. Liston was a mob fighter with a criminal past, and rumors were spreading that Clay was not just a noisy, bright-eyed boy blessed with more than his share of the craziness of youth, but a believer in a shadowy cult: the Nation of Islam. Neither could be a hero in the eyes of the media.

Against this backdrop of political instability, of a country at war with itself, in a time when ordinary African-American people were maimed and killed for the smallest acts of defiance, Liston and Clay sought out their own individual destinies. Liston and Ali follows the contrasting paths these two men took, from their backgrounds in Arkansas and Kentucky through to that sixteen-month period in 1964 and 1965 when the story of the world heavyweight championship centered on them and all they stood for. Both Ali and Liston s tracks are followed as their paths diverge: Ali going on to greatness with his epic fights and Liston catapulted back into oblivion until his mysterious death in 1970. Using original source material, it explores a riveting chapter in sports history with fresh insight and striking detail. Liston and Ali is a valuable addition to the literature about these world icons and their opponents.


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Some good biographical glimpses of the boxers and commentary on their fights but very heavy on the management side of their careers. It also becomes annoying as it goes to great pains to show that ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
7
Maybe they think Im so old because I never was really young
12
This is the Atomic Age Peaches
20
figured I had to pay for what I did
24
Thats why you cant be rich
31
am not a social friend of Mr Carbos Mr Chairman
47
Where you going? I dont know
67
Just address the envelope Cassius Clay USA
70
Rumble young man rumble
174
This kid is out of his mind
179
A dancing bear and a freak who never stops talking
183
What the hell is this? What did they
191
am his best friend at least in Philadelphia
207
To Boston and Suitcase
212
Every gangster wants to be Al Capone 20 24
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He could have died
223

Its nice to be nice
77
Dont dump your trash on
85
A blues song just for fighters
91
He must have died last night
101
That blankness of not knowing
113
Still the bad
128
Even Cleopatra was ringside
134
pity a man who hates
139
God save the King God save boxing
147
Ill be as good as people will let me
152
want to make a beautiful life
159
Hes just a little boy in the dark and hes scared
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Hes gonna mess himself up so nobody wont go to see him
266
Nobody never gets killed in Vegas
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Endnotes
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Bibliography
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About the author (2011)

Bob Mee is the boxing analyst and commentator for Eurosport TV. He has previously written on boxing for the Daily Telegraph , the Independent on Sunday , and Boxing News . His other books include The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Boxing , The Heavyweights , and Bare Fists . He lives in England.

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