Muhammad Ali, the People's Champ

Author: Edited by Elliott J. Gorn
Going toe-to-toe with the public life of The Greatest
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Publication Date
Paperback: 01/01/1998
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About the Book

For years recognized as the world's best-known athlete, Muhammad Ali played a fascinating role in American culture, with an influence that reached far beyond sports and, in many ways, defined his times. Ali the boxer stood side by side with Ali the vocal Black Muslim, Ali the cultural force, Ali the anti-war protestor, Ali the celebrity, Ali the narcissist, and more. In Muhammad Ali, the People's Champ, experts unpack Ali's various incarnations to build a vivid portrait of an iconic figure in the ring of public history and reveal how he touched people's lives in ways unprecedented by any sports figure before or since.

About the Author

Elliot J. Gorn is the Joseph A. Gagliano Chair in American Urban History in the Department History at Loyola University. His books include Let the People See: The Story of Emmett Till and The Manly Art: Bare-Knuckle Prize Fighting in America.

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"If there's thought on Muhammad Ali that's not contained inside these covers, it doesn't count."--Rick Telander, Chicago Sun-Times sports columnist

"Offers real insight into the Ali phenomenon."--Gabe Madway, San Francisco Review of Books

"An excellent history of Muhammad Ali as a public man. It is well-written, offering many fresh perspectives, and fills a significant gap in the historiography of Ali. . . . For scholars who are interested in the impact of boxing upon American culture and society, this work is essential reading."--Michael O. Smith, The Historian

"An extraordinarily valuable and passionate collection of commentaries on Ali the cultural icon."--Daniel Nathan, Journal of Sport History


Second Place for Best Cover Design, 1-2 colors, the Mid-America Publishers Association Book Awards, 1996.