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King of the World: 09/28/08
I've never watched a boxing match but as a child I knew who Muhammad Ali was. Having read The Autobiography of Malcolm X last year King of the World by David Remnick seemed like a logical follow-up.
King of the World chronicles the first few years of Cassius Clay's boxing career, his conversion to Islam, his rocky marriage (and divorce) to Sonji Roi. Remnick divides his time among describing the boxing matches, Clay's personal life, the political atmosphere and his friendship with Malcolm X.
Boxing fans and especially fans of Muhammad Ali will enjoy this book. It's well written and detailed enough on the sports side of things to mentally replay the matches. For non-fans, the boxing doesn't over power the other aspects of this biography.