Bouts of Mania

Bouts of Mania

Ali, Frazier, and Foreman--and An America on the Ropes

Book - 2014
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"Bouts of Mania describes the glorious era when Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, and George Foreman fought each other in every possible combination, on nearly every possible continent. In their most memorable bouts from 1971 to 1975, the three men created athletic set pieces that continue to resonate: the Fight of the Century, Down Goes Frazier!, the Rumble in the Jungle, and the Thrilla in Manila. Their fights for the heavyweight belt (when that title still meant something) made for a roiling and convulsive tournament, all the more striking against a backdrop of national dysfunction. 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. In Bouts of Mania, Richard Hoffer, a longtime writer for Sports Illustrated, evokes all the hopes and hoopla, the hype and hysteria of boxing's last and best "golden age.""--
Publisher: Philadelphia, PA :, Da Capo Press,, 2014.
ISBN: 9780306822223
0306822229
Branch Call Number: 796.8309 Hoffer 06/2014
Characteristics: vi, 278 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm

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Aug 20, 2015

In the 1970s, there were only three names in Boxing - Ali, Frazier and Foreman. Dominating the decade with spectacles like the Thrilla in Manilla and the Rumble in the Jungle, this trio changed the sport forever. And in Bouts of Mania, author Richard Hoffer provides a compelling narrative by chronicling this tumultuous decade and all the memorable fights it gave boxing fans. From Ali's incendiary rhetoric about Joe Frazier to George Foreman becoming rich off a kitchen grill, this book and the historical backdrop the author provides makes it appealing to both boxing fans and history buffs alike.

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