Author(s): Jonathan Eig
Winner of the 2018 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing Winner of The Times Sports Biography of the Year "As Muhammad Ali's life was an epic of a life soAli: 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 Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Clay in racially segregated Louisville, Kentucky, the son of a sign painter and a housekeeper. He went on to become a heavyweight boxer with a dazzling mix of power and speed, a warrior for racial pride, a comedian, a preacher, a poet, a draft resister, an actor, and a lover. Millions hated him when he changed his religion, changed his name, and refused to fight in the Vietnam War. He fought his way back, winning hearts, but at great cost. Jonathan Eig, hailed by Ken Burns as one of America's master storytellers, sheds important new light on Ali's politics, religion, personal life, and neurological condition through unprecedented access to all the key people in Ali's life, more than 500 interviews and thousands of pages of previously unreleased FBI and Justice Department files and audiotaped interviews from the 1960s.Ali: A Lifeis a story about America, about race, about a brutal sport, and about a courageous man who shook up the world.
Born in New York in 1964, Jonathan Eig is a New York Times bestselling author. A former senior special reporter for the Wall Street Journal, he has also written for the New York Times and Esquire, as well as appearing on The Today Show and The Daily Show. He has written four previous books and lives in Chicago with his wife and children.