Muhammad Ali Retrospective: The Greatest of All Time

Fortunately I spent a long time many years ago writing an entire book about “The Greatest” because today I’m not sure I’ve got the words.

Rest in peace…

You’re my man!

–Muhammad Ali to Henry James Korn on 12/10/1974

Muhammad Ali Retrospective

SUMMARY

Dream-champion or media myth?  The times and lives of a Heavyweight King, uncovering the startling yet profoundly plausible possibility that this eccentric hero might truly be the greatest man in the world.  Muhammad Ali Retrospective by Henry James Korn is an innovative collection of stories, essays and articles by an award-winning author.

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Franklin Furnace, New York, September 21, 1978

REVIEWS AND COMMENTS

“With the publication of Muhammad Ali Retrospective, Korn fulfills his promise and emerges as one of the most polished, expert professional writers on the scene.  Korn is obviously derived from the School of Mailer but in a sense Korn has gone Mailer one step better and got rid of Mailer’s looseness, loquacity, and omnipresent “I” without losing his specific hard-imaged language and psychological penetration. This book should be put on all required reading lists of contemporary U.S. fiction.”
Choice: the Journal of the American College Library Association

“Henry James Korn’s new book about Muhammad Ali evokes a sense of Ali’s triumph and the tragedy of Black America.  It is well researched, carefully thought out, and most important, lyric, as poetry is lyric.”
-Roger Kahn

“For all those who admire the Champ and what he represents, Korn’s innovative book will prove their belief in Muhammad Ali as Superman.”
 BooksWest Magazine

“In Muhammad Ali Retrospective, Henry James Korn’s wry, affectionate collection of perspectives on the Champ, the fighter emerges as a man as well as a myth.”
The Village Voice

Muhammad Ali Retrospective is an unusual and provocative view of an unusual and provocative subject: this daring blend of fact, whimsy and outrageous speculation may be the only sensible way to approach a man who is never what he seems.”
-Robert Lipsyte

Book cover of Muhammad Ali Retrospective by Henry James Korn
Muhammad Ali Retrospective by Henry James Korn
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