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Drama in the Bahamas : Muhammad Ali's last fight

Author: Dave Hannigan
Publisher: New York, NY : Sports Publishing, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"On December 11, 1981, Muhammad Ali slumped on a chair in the cramped, windowless locker room of a municipal baseball field outside Nassau. A phalanx of sportswriters had pushed and shoved their way into this tiny, breeze-blocked space. In this most unlikely of settings, they had come to record the last moments of the most storied of all boxing careers. They had come to intrude upon the grief. "It's over," mumbled  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Muhammad Ali; Muhammad Ali
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dave Hannigan
ISBN: 9781613218983 1613218982
OCLC Number: 915503380
Description: 198 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: What happens in Vegas --
The sweet science of fraud --
The boy who learned to fight at Gitmo --
The talk of Tinseltown --
Searching for the fountain of youth --
Doctors differ, patient continues to fight --
If you build it ... --
Trouble in Paradise Island --
The financial make weight --
For whom the cowbell tolls --
Separating the dancer from the dance --
Farewell to the king --
Of gods and monsters.
Responsibility: Dave Hannigan.

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"On December 11, 1981, Muhammad Ali slumped on a chair in the cramped, windowless locker room of a municipal baseball field outside Nassau. A phalanx of sportswriters had pushed and shoved their way into this tiny, breeze-blocked space. In this most unlikely of settings, they had come to record the last moments of the most storied of all boxing careers. They had come to intrude upon the grief. "It's over," mumbled Ali. "It's over." The show that had entertained and wowed from Zaire to Dublin, from Hamburg to Manila, finally ended its twenty-one-year run, the last performance not so much off-Broadway, more amateur theatre in the boondocks. In Drama in the Bahamas, Dave Hannigan tells the occasionally poignant, often troubling, yet always entertaining story behind Ali's last bout. Through interviews with many of those involved, he discovers exactly how and why, a few weeks short of his fortieth birthday, a seriously diminished Ali stepped through the ropes one more time to get beaten up by Trevor Berbick. "Two billion people will be conscious of my fight," said Ali, trotting out the old braggadocio about an event so lacking in luster that a cow bell was pressed in to service to signal the start and end of each round. How had it come to this? Why was he still boxing? Hannigan answers those questions and many more, offering a unique and telling glimpse into the most fascinating sportsman of the twentieth century in the last, strange days of his fistic life. "--

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"Hannigan's book excels here with well-chosen quotations painting the unique status, even among athletes, of the boxer." --The New York Times Book Review "It's a brilliant piece of reportage, full of Read more...

 
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