I'm a Little Special: A Muhammad Ali Reader

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Gerald Early
Yellow Jersey Press, 1999 - African American boxers - 299 pages

I'm A Little Special: A Muhammad Ali Reader collects 30 of the best pieces ever written about this sporting legend in an anthology by the greatest about the Greatest. Muhammad Ali's story is told by a stellar array of authors, athletes and social commentators, all of them compelled to write about this amazing man.

In addition to pieces by Hunter S. Thompson, Tom Wolfe and Norman Mailer, Floyd Patterson defends Ali's right to criticise America's participation in the Vietnam War; Malcolm X explains how he went from 'entertainer' to 'threat' with his declaration as a 'man of race'; Ali himself contributes with some poetry in his famous interview with Playboy magazine; and Gay Talese gives us a front seat on the 1996 ride to Cuba where Ali met Fidel Castro.

Spanning four decades and including 16 pages of photographs, I'm A Little Special is the ultimate book about one of the true heroes of the twentieth century.

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A J Liebling Poet and Pedagogue
Tom Wolfe The Marvelous Mouth
George S Schuyler Views and Reviews

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Edited and introduced by Gerald Early.

Contributing Authors:

A. J. Liebling, Tom Wolfe, George Plimpton, George S. Schuyler, Jackie Robinson, Murray Kempton, LeRoi Jones, Gordon Parks, Floyd Patterson, Gay Talese, Jackie Robinson, Irwin Shaw, Jimmy Cannon, Robert Lipsyte, Norman Mailer, Pete Hamill, Ira Berkow, Roger Kahn, Garry Wills, A.B. Giamatti, Jose Torres, Hunter S. Thompson, IShmael Reed, Bob Greene, Wole Soyinka, Davis Miller, Mark Kram, Joyce Carol Oates, David Maraniss and Muhammad Ali.

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