By George: The Autobiography of George Foreman

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Villard Books, 1995 - Sports & Recreation - 262 pages
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The popularity of George Foreman's infomercials for Salton's grilling machines is just the most recent example of the boxing champ's inimitable charisma and appeal. The road to his acceptance and fame, however, has not always run so smoothly. In this candid autobiography, he recalls his difficult childhood; his gold-medal bout at the Mexico City Olympics in 1968; his stunning upset over Joe Frazier to win his first heavy-weight title; and the loss to Muhammad Ali in the famous "Rumble in the Jungle" in Zaire.

Foreman describes his religious conversion after he retired from the ring a defeated man, a conversion that changed his life and led to a ministry in his own church in Texas. It was a desire to raise money for his beloved Houston Youth Center that brought Foreman back to boxing in 1994. Withstanding the doubts of the sports community, he proved once again he was a real champion by regaining the heavyweight crown at the age of forty-five.

By George is more than a great read for sports fans. From his thrilling confrontations in the ring to his private struggles to achieve spiritual wholeness, it sheds new light on an extraordinary man who has captured the hearts of millions.

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I really like George Foreman and so I'm not sure if I really liked the book for that reason or because it was a good book. George tells about his life growing up in a poor neighborhood in Houston and ... Read full review

By George: the autobiography of George Foreman

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The endearingly chubby, 45-year-old world heavyweight boxing champ pulls no punches in this account of his life. Read full review

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About the author (1995)

George Foreman is a two-time former heavyweight champion of the world, an Olympic gold medalist, a revolutionary in the grilling industry, and an ordained minister, in addition to being a best-selling author. He lives in Houston, Texas, where he founded the George Foreman Youth and Community Center.

Joel Engel is an author & journalist who co-authored "By George", the "New York Times" best-selling autobiography of George Foreman. He lives in Los Angeles.

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