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Smokin' Joe

Smokin' Joe

The Life of Joe Frazier

by Mark Kram
Hardback
Publication Date: 04/06/2019
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A gripping, all-access biography of Joe Frazier, whose rivalry with Muhammad Ali riveted boxing fans and whose legacy as a figure in American sports and society endures

History will remember the rivalry of Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali as one for the ages, a trilogy of extraordinary fights that transcended the world of sports and crossed into a sociocultural drama that divided the country.

Joe Frazier was a much more complex figure than just his rivalry with Ali would suggest. In this riveting and nuanced portrayal, acclaimed sports writer Mark Kram, Jr. unlinks Frazier from Ali and for the first time gives a full-bodied accounting of Frazier's life, a journey that began as the youngest of thirteen children packed in small farm house, encountering the bigotry and oppression of the Jim Crow South, and continued with his voyage north at age fifteen to develop as a fighter in Philadelphia.

Tracing Frazier's life through his momentous bouts with the likes of Ali and George Foreman and the developing perception of him as the anti-Ali in the eyes of blue-collar America, Kram follows the boxer through his retirement in 1981, exploring his relationship with his son, the would-be heavyweight Marvis, and his fragmented home life as well as the uneasy place that Ali continued to occupy in his thoughts.

A propulsive and richly textured narrative that is also a powerful story about race and class in America, Smokin' Joe is unparalleled in its scope, depth, and access and promises to be the definitive biography of a towering American figure whose life was galvanized by conflict and whose mark has proven lasting.

ISBN:
9780062654465
9780062654465
Category:
Boxing
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
04-06-2019
Language:
English
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
384
Dimensions (mm):
229x152x32mm
Weight:
0.65kg
Mark Kram

Mark Kram, Jr. is the author of Like Any Normal Day: A Story of Devotion, which was awarded the 2013 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing. Kram's work has appeared in The Best American Sports Writing and he received the 2011 Sigma Delta Chi Award for feature writing.

He is a former senior writer for the Philadelphia Daily News, and he has also worked at the Detroit Free Press, Baltimore News American, Philadelphia Magazine, and contributed to The New York Times.

He is the son of the late Mark Kram, a highly regarded writer for Sports Illustrated and the author of a controversial book on the rivalry between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, Ghosts of Manila.

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