Bundini lifts me up while Angelo cradles my legs to haul me back to my stool. Then the crowd, pushing, shoving, reporters shouting. They want something from me. Some word or comment. But I'm too tired. Besides, I already told them. Didn't you hear me? I said I was the greatest.
The Greatest, My Own Story is the 1975 autobiography of Muhammad Ali. In his own words, the book chronicles the battles he faced in and out of the ring in this memoir edited by Nobel Prize-winning novelist, Toni Morrison.
Growing up in the American South, surrounded by racial bigotry and discrimination, Ali fought not just for a living, but also for respect and rewards far more precious than money or glory. He was named Sportsman of the Century by Sports Illustrated and the BBC. Ali redefined what it meant to be an athlete by giving hope to millions around the world and inspiring us all to fight for what is important to us.
This is a multifaceted portrait of Muhammad Ali: sports legend; unapologetic anti-war advocate; showman and gracious goodwill ambassador; fighter, lover, poet, and provocateur; an irresistible force to be reckoned with. Add it to your reading list; you won't be disappointed.
Innermost Rating: 9/10