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Facing Ali: 15 Fighters, 15 Stories

By |2018-03-21T18:28:44+01:00March 1st, 2004|Recent Reviews|

By Stephen Brunt

The Lyons Press, 2004. 320 pages.


he story of The Greatest has been told again and again. Ali was almost as great a self-promoter as he was a boxer. So Canadian sports writer Brunt cleverly creates a portrait of the man and the athlete obliquely. He traces the career of the champion by telling the tales of the men who squared off with him in the ring (including George Chuvalo, Chuck Wepner, George Frazier). The result is more than biography. It demonstrates how this most brutal of sport has been dominated by mostly complicated, graceful men.

About the Author:

Kate Swoger is too-rapidly approaching middle age. Following a young woman’s not-so-erotic journey from Montreal to Middle Europe, she settled in Toronto, where she works for CBC Radio. On her last birthday, she decided to write a short story for every month of the year, in an effort to become a published author. Her first story was recently printed in the Vancouver magazine Front, making her instantly immortal.