Bouts of Mania: Ali, Frazier, and Foreman--and an America on the Ropes

Bouts of Mania Ali Frazier and Foreman and an America on the Ropes The fights resonate still The Fight of the Century Down Goes Frazier The Rumble in the Jungle The Thrilla in Manila And the fighters too MUHAMMAD ALI JOE FRAZIER GEORGE FOREMAN three complicate

  • Title: Bouts of Mania: Ali, Frazier, and Foreman--and an America on the Ropes
  • Author: Richard Hoffer
  • ISBN: 9780306822223
  • Page: 215
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The fights resonate still The Fight of the Century, Down Goes Frazier , The Rumble in the Jungle, The Thrilla in Manila And the fighters, too MUHAMMAD ALI, JOE FRAZIER, GEORGE FOREMAN three complicated and competitive men who happened to be vying for sport s biggest prize when boxing was still a national reassurance and its champion a cultural resource They fought fiveThe fights resonate still The Fight of the Century, Down Goes Frazier , The Rumble in the Jungle, The Thrilla in Manila And the fighters, too MUHAMMAD ALI, JOE FRAZIER, GEORGE FOREMAN three complicated and competitive men who happened to be vying for sport s biggest prize when boxing was still a national reassurance and its champion a cultural resource They fought five times for that title, from 1971 to 1975, ranging across the globe, and their struggles, triumphs, and defeats echo through the years as well.At the time, however accidental their convergence, it was an irreproducible pandemonium Three of them At once Those fights made for a roiling and convulsive tournament, all the striking against a backdrop of national dysfunction Their competition fighting each other in every possible combination, on nearly every possible continent, to nearly every possible outcome mattered as much for the country s confidence as it did for deciding the titles at stake In fact, their heroic efforts global spectacles that offered brief glimpses of clarity and confidence may have been the only thing that made sense back home during the social and political morass of the 1970s This golden age of boxing reassured a shattered country that such fundamental, if sometimes elusive, qualities as courage and determination still mattered And when it was all over, neither the contenders nor the rest of the word would ever be the same.In Bouts of Mania, longtime Sports Illustrated writer Richard Hoffer evokes all the hopes and hoopla, the hype and hysteria of boxing s last and best golden age.

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    1. Written in the kind of florid, frenzied, poetical hyperbole that fight writers used to really use back in the 70s and 80s when Mailer and Plimpton and Thompson wrote the blow-by-blows, this book takes some getting used to. Once it gets you with its unflinching descriptions of absolutely everything, however, it refuses to let go, and the book becomes compelling in the same way as watching a championship-level boxing match; maybe you don't even really want to watch, but you can't stop. I recommend [...]

    2. I wouldn't describe myself as a great fan of boxing, but then the appeal of the era when Ali, Foreman and Frazier dominated transcends mere interest in the sport.The era has already produced some fine books (both King Of The World and Ghosts Of Manila are highly recommended) and this is a fine addition to that canon.A compelling read that I devoured in two days, and has reminded me just how absolutely crucial these fights were at the time. I still find it difficult to watch the eighth round of t [...]

    3. In the 1970s, the whole world was captivated by Muhammad Ali, his talk, his fighting, and his rivalry with Joe Frazier and George Foreman. There hasn’t been anything bigger in sports before or since. It was beyond sports. This book chronicles all these three fighters, from their beginning till the fading days. A great book. Richard Hoffer’s dry humour makes it a more entertaining read. A must read for anyone interested in sports.So why I’m not giving it 5 stars? Because there is a clear at [...]

    4. I grew up in the 1970's, and I remember Ali, Frazier and Foreman very well. Ali is still a HUGE Hero to me. In 1997, My daughter(1 at the time) and I took pictures with him. I'll always cherish that. This book looks at 5 fights between the 3 men, and the landscape of America at that time.We also get a look at their careers before and after that time frame. I have read a lot of material on Ali, and seen countless documentaries. Still this book surprised me in some ways. I learned a few things I d [...]

    5. A pretty good sports history of the 5 major heavyweight fights between Ali, Frazier and Foreman in the early to mid 70's and their place in the American landscape of the time. Drawing on reporting from the era, a vivid picture is painted of the fights, fighters, scene and chaos as a traveling roadshow of American might and decadence swept the world from Kingston to Kinshasa to Manilla. A really good read

    6. Might have been 4 stars if I hadn't read many books on the same material that were more thorough or more unique (Mark Kram's GHOSTS OF MANILA, for instance), but it would have been a low 4. This book has a lot of zing, but still reads like the best 70s heavyweight boxing Cliff Notes out there rather than a really valid book on its own, especially since Hoffer has no interest on actually following up on all his grandiose statements of the grand American significance of these fighters.

    7. Great story line of the the three boxing titans told against the background of America suffering through malaise. Absolutely top shelf writing and delivery. Don't have to be a boxing fan to enjoy it, the writing is so outstanding.

    8. Very fascinating read about a signature period in American boxing, with outstanding character studies. The author does a great job, also, of explaining how this played out in the larger culture as well.

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