The Fight

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Penguin Books, Limited, Apr 1, 2009 - Boxing - 256 pages
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In 1975, at the World Heavyweight Boxing Championship in Kinshasa, Zaire, Muhammad Ali met George Foreman in the ring. Foreman's genius employed silence, serenity and cunning. He had never been defeated. His hands were his instrument, and 'he kept them in his pockets the way a hunter lays his rifle back into its velvet case'. Together the two men made boxing history in an explosive meeting of two great minds, two iron wills and two monumental egos.

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

Norman Mailer was an excellent reporter for a while, and this is a fine example of his sports work. Ali comes off well, and the fight itself was a great one to watch. Read the book, and then watch the ... Read full review

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User Review  - tandah - LibraryThing

The are many reasons to read this book even if you abhore the idea of two men going at each other's brains in a ring. Norman Mailer is an excellent writer and recorder of history, he insinuates ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Norman Mailer was born in New Jersey in January 1923 and after graduating from Harvard, served in the US army from 1944-1946. His first novel, The Naked and the Dead, was published to immediate critical acclaim in 1948 - and has been hailed as 'the best war novel to emerge from the United States' (Anthony Burgess).

He has subsequently published both fiction and non-fiction and his books include Barbary Shore (1951), Advertisements for Myself (1959), The Presidential Papers (1963), An American Dream (1964), Armies of the Night (1968), Ancient Evenings (1983), and Tough Guys Don't Dance (1983).

The Executioner's Song, first published in 1979, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1980 - an award which Mailer has won twice during his writing career.

Norman Mailerwas born in 1923 and went to Harvard when he was sixteen. He majored in engineering, but it was while he was at university that he became interested in writing; he published his first story when he was eighteen. After graduating he served during the war in the Philippines with the Twelfth Armoured Cavalry regiment from Texas; those were the years that formed The Naked and the Dead (1948). His other books include Barbary Shore(1951), The Deer Park(1955), Advertisements for Myself(1959), Deaths for the Ladies, a

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