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Muhammad Ali : the world's champion
Tessitore, John.
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Publication Information:
New York : F. Watts, [1998]

Physical Description:
143 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
A comprehensive biography of the only boxer crowned Heavyweight Champion of the World three times.
Reading Level:
1330 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 8.0 5.0 1786.

Reading Counts RC High School 8.1 10 Quiz: 19254 Guided reading level: V.
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Crowned heavyweight champion of the world three times, Muhammad Ali proved that he had the mental and physical toughness to succeed in the ring. All also proved to be a champion of the civil rights movement and ultimately a champion of the world.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 7^-12. To say that Cassius Clay came from humble beginnings would be historically accurate but contextually absurd. Nothing about boxing's first three-time heavyweight champ has ever been humble. All the more reason to praise Tessitore for his deft ability to take readers beyond Ali's histrionics and reveal the genuine man behind the ego. Much more telling than Ali's athletic skill and the biting epithets he threw at opponents are the struggles that eventually made him, above all, a respected humanitarian. Between his Olympic gold medal and his "Rumble in the Jungle" against George Foreman, Ali evolved from a racially charged rebel and Vietnam War resister to an internationally revered "ambassador of peace." Along the way, the U.S., like the Nation of Islam he joined in 1963, embraced, denounced, then reclaimed him as their own. Throughout this insightful biography, Ali's religious and political battles are as interesting as his bouts inside the ring. To Tessitore's credit, he ultimately gives us a story of a man who substantiated his boasts with courage and generosity, perhaps the best justification for calling Ali "The Greatest." Source notes; bibliography; Internet sites. --Roger Leslie

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-An engaging, positive account of the outspoken, media-savvy heavyweight fighter. Tessitore chronicles Ali's many boxing matches in the ring and is especially adept at illustrating his skills and personality in relation to those of his opponents. This complete biography covers the subject's childhood, career, rise to celebrity status, private life, and charitable contributions. It compares favorably with John Stravinsky's recent in-depth look at the athlete (Park Lane, 1997). Interesting black-and-white photographs; chapter notes; and lists of books, videos, and Web sites for further information enhance the presentation.-Janet Woodward, Garfield High School, Seattle, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.