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Ali: An American Champion


Author: Barry  DENENBERG
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Subject/Category:  6-8
Year Reviewed:: 2015
ISBN: 9781481401418
Review: Creative nonfiction offers a unique perspective on the multi-faceted life of the famous boxer Muhammad Ali. Fictional techniques give factual information through mock articles, "man-on-the-street" interviews, letters to the editor, and "breaking news" accounts. The turbulent setting of the times interlaces with events from Ali’s life story – the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement and the March on Washington, his joining the Nation of Islam, and changing his name from Cassius Clay. The visually appealing layout is augmented by black-and-white archival photographs, a time-line of these historical events and of Ali's life.

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