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Where does Muhammad Ali and the Greatest Heavyweight Generation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
One of the most enjoyable.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Muhammad Ali and the Greatest Heavyweight Generation?
The writer's anecdotes of conversations with the boxers or those close to the boxers.
Did Todd Belcher do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?
Belcher does a good job in differentiating between each of the characters in the clarity of his writing.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
An authentic view of seventies boxing.
Any additional comments?
Tom Cushman, a long time sports pundit, becomes tour guide to the seventies boxing scene, discussing the lives and careers of the greats of that era: world champions, Ali, Frazier, Foreman, Norton and Holmes and other lesser, but accomplished, fighters such as Ernie Shavers, Jimmy Young and Gerry Cooney.
The listener is also given a look behind the boxing scenes. After a brief review of Frankie Carbo (formerly of Murder Incorporated) and Blinky Palermo in the fifties and sixties, Cushman moves forward to the seventies, critiquing Don King and his style of management, which is characterised by Ali’s second wife, Belinda: ‘Don King talks black, lives white and thinks green.’
This audiobook is much more than a series of potted biographies. Fast and pacey and written with an insightful – and, at times, lacerating – wit, it gives a real flavour of boxing in the seventies.
Well worth a listen!