The Lost Legacy of Muhammad Ali
By Thomas HauserMuhammad Ali has attained mythical stature in American life. But in recent years Ali has been subjected to an image makeover by corporate America as it seeks to homogenize the electrifying nature of his persona. Thomas Hauser, author of the definitive Ali biography Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times, argues that there has been a deliberate distortion of what Ali believed, said, and stood for, and that making Ali more presentable for ad agencies by sanitizing his legacy is a disservice to history and to Ali himself. Ali was a great man with many faults. Rather than cultivate historical amnesia, Hauser contends the legacy of Ali as a man who used his fame to denounce war and inequality should be cherished, not lost to revisionism.