Telling the life story of Muhammad Ali meant spending a lot of time with people who knew him. But what about meeting the man himself? Jonathan Eig knew it wasn’t going to be easy to get to Muhammad Ali, and time was running out.
For two years, Jonathan Eig tried to get in touch with Don King, and when he did, he asked him one question that could have gotten him killed. He lived to tell the tale about one of boxing’s most successful promoters. In this week’s episode find out what Don King, Muhammad Ali and a Christmas party have in common.
“A monumental study the scope of which has not been matched. An utterly absorbing and richly detailed account of the most charismatic and controversial athlete of the 20th century.”—Mike Silver, author of The Arc of Boxing: The Rise and Decline of the Sweet Science.
"Jonathan Eig has proved conclusively that he knows how to get at the stories of larger-than-life individuals. Now he takes on—superbly—the largest of those large: Muhammad Ali. Eig presents the whole life from corner-to-corner. 'The Greatest' has found his chronicler.”—Seth Abraham, former president HBO Sports.
"Finally, after so many works focusing on this fight or that, the whole man, the whole life, is presented here. And what a revelation it is--to be able to see how this remarkable man was shaped by his world, and how that world was, in turn, profoundly influenced by this exceptional and complicated kid from Louisville. Bravo!" —Ken Burns
Turns out that Ali didn’t limit his fighting to his time in the ring. Listen as Jonathan Eig drives around South Florida with Muhammad Ali’s second wife Khalilah—and why Shakespeare's words still ring true: Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. See what was in the priceless letter Jonathan found under Khalilah’s bed in his new book "Ali: A Life": http://bit.ly/EigAli
To write Muhammad Ali’s biography, author Jonathan Eig had to start somewhere. Tune in to find out why his interview with ring doctor Ferdie Pacheco was like taking a punch to the kidneys—and what he learned about Ali’s early signs of traumatic brain injury. Get the details about the impact boxing had on Muhammad Ali’s health in Jonathan Eig’s book "Ali: A Life": http://bit.ly/EigAli
For most of his childhood, the last face author Jonathan Eig would see each night before bed was that of Muhammad Ali, as shown in a poster hanging above his bed. Eig knew even then that Ali was a legend, but never dreamed he would end up writing his biography. Find out how this lifelong fan ended up knowing more about the greatest boxer of all time than even some of Ali’s closest friends. Find out more in Jonathan Eig’s book "Ali: A Life": http://bit.ly/EigAli
As Muhammad Ali Turns 73, His Younger Brother Rahman Takes Us on a Visit to Their Childhood Home
On a hot summer day last year, Rahman Ali walked through knee-high grass to reach the front step of the house where he and his brother Muhammad Ali grew up. It’s a small, white cottage, unoccupied, and covered in dirty aluminum siding. The front porch railing is rusted and the shingles on the roof are peeling away.
AS the petal-strewn hearse carrying Muhammad Ali's casket drove slowly through Louisville's west end, still overwhelmingly black and wracked by poverty and crime, the inhabitants of the streets where the champion boxer grew up reclaimed him as one of their own.
Muhammad Ali, three-time world heavyweight boxing champion, civil rights leader and arguably one of the most celebrated sports icons of the 20th century, received a farewell from thousands in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky today. He died June 3 from complications related to the disease he brought so much attention and fundraising skills to — Parkinson’s.