Approaching Ali by Davis Miller
A Reclamation in Three Acts

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A journalist’s obsession with his subject is renewed...Hagiographic pieces that never quite coalesce into a book that matches the author’s ambitions.
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The single most intimate look at Muhammad Ali’s retirement, told through the story of an unexpected, powerful and life-changing friendship


In 1988, then struggling writer and video store worker Davis Miller drove to Muhammad Ali’s mother’s modest Louisville house, knocked on the door, and introduced himself to his childhood idol. Now, all these years later, the two friends have an uncommon bond, the sort that can be fashioned only in serendipitous ways and fortified through shared experiences. Miller draws from his remarkable moments with The Champ to give us a beautifully written portrait of a great man physically devastated but spiritually young—playing mischievous tricks on unsuspecting guests, performing sleight of hand for any willing audience, and walking ten miles each way to grab an ice cream sundae. Informed by great literary journalists such as Joan Didion, Tom Wolfe, and Gay Talese, but in a timeless style that is distinctly his own, Miller gives us a series of extraordinary stories that coalesce into an unprecedentedly humanizing, intimate, and tenderly observed portrait of one of the world’s most loved men.

 

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Davis Miller's writing has appeared in Rolling Stone, Men's Journal, Esquire, and Sports Illustrated. His first published story, "My Dinner with Ali," was a finalist for the 1990 National Magazine Award and in 1999 was judged by David Halberstam to be one of the fifty best pieces of sports writing of the twentieth century. His story "The Zen of Muhammad Ali" was nominated for the 1994 Pulitzer Prize and was later included in the 1994 edition of The Best American Sports Writing. Davis Miller has two children and lives near Winston-Salem, North Carolina.From the Trade Paperback edition.
 
Published November 23, 2015 by Liveright. 223 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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A journalist’s obsession with his subject is renewed...Hagiographic pieces that never quite coalesce into a book that matches the author’s ambitions.

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