Our resident nonfiction expert (and former boxer) Jon Grand will talk with author Jonathan Eig about his newest book Ali: A Life.
The Washington Post says, "Jonathan Eig's Ali: A Life is the first comprehensive biography worthy of this titanic figure. The author of acclaimed books on Lou Gehrig and Jackie Robinson, Eig weaves together Ali's athletic feats, cultural significance and personal journey. Fortified by hundreds of revealing interviews, Ali vigorously narrates the story of the man who transformed the landscape of race and sports . . . Eig paints Ali's bouts with vivid detail and captivating sweep . . . Ali stirs together the sweet and the spicy, the gifts and the failings, the charm and the rage, the grace and the greed, the pride and the ego. Together, they made Ali the transcendent athlete of his age."
"Eig skillfully utilizes resources unavailable to previous authors, allowing him to present other aspects of Ali . . . As a boxer, Ali was a combination of power and grace. Eig . . . equals this combination with his blend of research and storytelling. VERDICT: A must-read for Ali fans, followers of the sweet science in general, and those curious about the maelstrom of events that shaped a generation." --Library Journal, starred review
The definitive biography of an American icon, from a New York Times best-selling author with unique access to Ali’s inner circle
He was the wittiest, the prettiest, the strongest, the bravest, and, of course, the greatest (as he told us himself).