Denenberg, Barry Ali An American Champion, 81 pgs. Simon and Schuster, 2014. $17.99. NON FICTION Language: G (0 swears); Violence: PG; Mature Content: G.
An account of the career of Olympic Gold Medalist, and American Boxer, the controversial Muhammad Ali. Denenberg uses fictional interviews, newspaper stories and media releases to give this biography a realistic feel. Also included is civil rights news of the time.
While the photographs are authentic, and a bibliography is included, the fact that the text is represented as media from the time is disappointing. I would rather read actual news articles, radio transcripts and interviews. Is this a book about Civil Rights? Is it a biography of Muhammad Ali? Denenberg has done his research and he tells a good story, but there is too much other stuff. The collection of information that isn’t really the primary sources that it looks like might be misleading to a young reader. I’m glad I read the author’s note at the beginning.
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