THE GREATEST MUHAMMMAD ALI

by: WALTER DEAN MYERS

SUMMARY

The setting of this book is the segregated south in the 1960'S. Ali grew up in segregation and in this book it shows you insight on how hard it was to be a African American boxer down in the dirty south. Ali became a civil rights leader and defender. In 1967, three years after winning the heavyweight title, Ali refused to go into the U.S. military, because of his religious beliefs and opposition to American involvement in the Vietnam War. He overcome segregation by just focusing on what he liked to do best which was boxing. He overcame the segregation in south by just looking past all the negative racial comments and in with the good and positive comments.

Nicknamed "The Greatest", Ali was involved in several historic boxing matches. Notable among these were the first Sonny Liston fight, three with rival Joe Frazier, and one with George Foreman, where he regained titles he had been stripped of seven years earlier. While boxing Muhammad Ali came up with the slogan "FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY STING LIKE A BEE" meaning that he is high up and nobody can stop him from doing what he does best and that's fighting.

Ali went from having nothing to now he has a lot of respect from all kinds of people of different races. Ali had nothing growing he use to punch things like pillows and anything hard and soft that could be used as a boxing bag. He has really started his legacy Ali has a daughter named Laila Ali which is the female heavy weight champion of the world. His legacy lives on and on across the world. This is the Legacy of the Muhammad Ali.

Assessment

i recommend this book to people of all ages. i also recommend this book to people who are interested in the boxing culture and that are willing to learn and feel the experience of the Greatest of all time ALI. Some things that i liked about this book is that it showed how hard it was to be an African american with the boxing career in the 1960's. A second reason why i liked this book is because it prepares you for your boxing career and takes you through steps and things that you need. Some things that i disliked about the book is that how they treated him, their racial segregation, and how they put him out of certain things. Another thing that i disliked about the book is that i wish the pages were longer because i thought the the book was very interesting every single page i read. My opinion about this book is that it teaches you the fundamentals about the boxing legacy. It also gives you history on the 1960's. I rate this book a 10 because i liked the pictures they illustrated and how it gives you imagery, diction and syntax throughout the story. It also gives you a lot of foreshadowing when Ali is boxing and what it is to come.

The Greatest Of All Time Ali Hard work isn't given its earned

Today Ali is 73 years old.

He suffers from a disease called Parkinson,which is known as a shaking disease were your body is always moving.

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Muhammad Ali after he knocks out his opponent

Ali has been 61 fights and won 56.

Today he still stands as the world greatest champion!!!