“King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero” is a book written by David Remnick. Published in 1998, the book explores the life and career of the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, particularly focusing on his early years and his rise to prominence in the 1960s.
David Remnick, a journalist and editor for The New Yorker, delves into Ali’s background, his transformation from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, and his impact on American society during a period of significant social and political change. The book provides insights into Ali’s personality, his relationships, and the cultural context in which he became not only a sporting icon but also a symbol of social and political activism.
“King of the World” is praised for its in-depth research, engaging narrative, and its ability to capture the spirit of the times. It offers readers a comprehensive look at Muhammad Ali’s early years and the events that shaped his extraordinary career inside and outside the boxing ring.