The Tao of Muhammad Ali

The Tao of Muhammad Ali

by Davis Miller

Muhammad Ali is the greatest boxer the world has ever known and the most charismatic athlete of all time.

Adored by millions, Ali is a role model and symbol of courage to us all.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Sports and Games
  • Rating: 4.17
  • Pages: 320
  • Publish Date: September 28th 1999 by Three Rivers Press
  • Isbn10: 0609804537
  • Isbn13: 9780609804537

What People Think about "The Tao of Muhammad Ali"

Happy that readers like my book TAO OF MUHAMMAD ALI. A few magazine and newspaper reviews of TAO OF ALI: Glenn Stout, Editor, The Best American Sports Writing: The Tao of Muhammad Ali resonates with wisdom. This is the single best sports story I've ever read. The book is a classic, part of the standard against which I'll measure all other sports writing. Andrew Martin, Independent (book of the year): Ranks among the best of contemporary American writing. Davis Miller writes profoundly, beautifully and importantly. Matthew DeAbitua, Esquire: Miller's astounding book, more in the tradition of writers such as Tobias Wolff, Richard Ford and Tim O'Brien than that of mere biographies, is a seminal interpretation of fame, how it affects both those who have it and those who live in its shadow. Miller's best writing occurs when he recalls periods of his life when Ali was not part of it, for example the buzz of early journalistic successes or the sudden illness that took his father's life. In his quite wonderful story, The Tao of Muhammad Ali, Davis Miller finds inspiration and not distress in Ali's condition. Do work hard to write a book that I can pretend is half as good as The Tao of Muhammad Ali by Davis Miller. Miller's tale is inspiring, beautifully written and keenly insightful about himself, Ali and the nature of hero worship. Davis Miller's The Tao of Muhammad Ali humanizes a modern hero and discovers how life can be stranger than fiction. The Tao of Muhammad Ali is, in the best senses of the word, organic: It grows at a steady pace beyond the bounds of easy description, beyond classification, reaching for its own greatness. Mel Christle, Dublin (Ireland) Evening Herald: In beautifully written prose, Miller charts his life's progress, from childhood to his present day, through a series of epiphanies with Ali, his all time hero.

He was there because of an opera titled Approaching Ali that's based on the book.

Alis life story seems to be a model for a mythological hero in any countrys culture the hero is a figure of masculine dominance; hes fighter, but he is also a spiritual leader, a political leader, a man who stood up for what he believed in and sacrificed everything. This was clearly not Davis Millers intention when he wrote undoubtedly his best work, The Tao of Muhammad Ali. This is not a biography of Muhammad Ali. Unlike the companion book, The Tao of Bruce Lee, there is no separate section that looks at the great mans life story and career. Miller says that he has little interest in regurgitating information that can be found in most boxing history books and biographies on Ali. He does reference key moments in the Alis life, but only as a tool to juxtapose them with his own life and explain how it influenced and inspired him. Throughout his time with Ali, Miller seems to be under no illusion that the worlds most famous living human being is well-practiced in making his fans feel special and that he probably didnt remember the author early on in their relationship. Having only really known Ali years after his last professional match, Millers writing focuses on the time where many might feel the legend of the great fighter ends: Alis years in retirement. Miller describes Ali as a man who sincerely cared for other people and perhaps regretted the effect he had on his opponents. Its a well-documented fact that George Foremans career was effectively put on hold for two decades after Ali handed him his first defeat in the most celebrated upsets/comebacks in the history of the sport. However, it would appear that Joe Frazier, the fighter most closely associated with Ali due to their three titanic fights and much-publicized feud, has never forgiven his boxing nemesis. Miller describes it as a one-sided affair in his observations of Ali at a 20th anniversary dinner held to celebrate the two fighters first encounter, The Fight of the Century. He says that he tried literally emulate the fighter (along with the Bruce Lee) during his evolution as a martial artist and a professional kickboxer, and years later did this again through his writing.

The book is a biography of the life of author Davis Miller and not of Muhammad Ali as one might first think. The book offers a great deal of insight into how Ali lives his life nowadays and how he has changed since his disability took a strong hold of him.

I wanted to read The Tao of Bruce Lee, by this same author, and within the first few pages, he had already mentioned his history with Muhammad Ali a couple of times. Being a bit OCD about reading stuff in order--although in this case, I assumed that the Bruce Lee volume would be free standing (and it probably is!)--I set aside Bruce Lee and determined that I'd have to read the Ali one first.

I cant believe it took me so long to discover it but it is a book I will cherish and I look forward to re-reading it again and again.

The following is the publisher's description: "The single most intimate look at Muhammad Alis life after boxing, told through the story of an unexpected friendship. Following in the contemporary tradition of writers such as Joan Didion, Tom Wolfe, Gay Talese and Nick Hornby, Miller gives us a series of extraordinary stories that coalesce to become a moving and timely introduction to the human side of a legend." In addition to APPROACHING ALI, I'm author of the critically acclaimed internationally bestselling books TAO OF MUHAMMAD ALI (Random House/Vintage) and TAO OF BRUCE LEE: MY MARTIAL ARTS MEMOIR (Random House/Vintage), which was judged Sports Book of the Year 2000 by the American Library Association's BOOKLIST magazine.