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It's not a book you meet every day... [It's] all about love. I was there in Atlanta when he lit the Olympic flame, and I felt the oceans of love washing towards him from America and the world... I have been

at prize-fights where the very name Ali gets a bigger cheer than either contestant. Ali: the world's most beloved sportsman; perhaps the world's most beloved human... In his conversations with his daughter, he emerges as a person of almost Christlike nature: sweet, gently proud, remorseful. His apology to his greatest opponent, Joe Frazier, for past insults, is truly touching

" (Simon Barnes The Times)

"Besides Ali's love, readers will be struck by his remarkable faith... It's hard not to be moved by Ali's spirit" (Publishers Weekly)

"The emphasis is not on Ali the warrior. His triumphs are touched on, but it is a softer side of the man that shows through... This book affirms the essential decency we always saw in the man" (Library Journal)

"The noted boxer offers words of inspiration and reflection on his long career... There are insights here from Ali on his obstacles and heartbreaks, as well as his well-noted victories" (Ebony)

"This is a motivational book in which Ali uses his life story to illustrate the importance of humanity, self-belief and love. It possesses humour and at times is also moving. Ali maintains an honesty, speaking for example about his regrets for turning his back on his friend Malcolm X in the 1960s, as well as his over-the-top verbal badgering of Joe Frazier" (Sunday Times (South Africa))

Quatrième de couverture

In The Soul of a Butterfly the great champion takes readers on a spiritual journey through the seasons of life, from childhood to the present, and shares the beliefs that have served him well.

After fighting some of the fiercest bouts in boxing history, today Muhammad Ali faces his most powerful foe - outside the boxing ring. Like many people, he battles an illness that limits his physical abilities, but as he says, 'I have gained more than I have lost...I have never had a more powerful voice than I have now.' As Ali reflects on his faith and the strength it gave him during his greatest challenge, when he lost the prime years of his boxing career because he would not compromise his beliefs, he describes how his study of Islam has brought him to a greater awareness of life's true purpose. As a United Nations' Messenger of Peace' he has travelled widely, and he describes his 2002 mission to Afghanistan to heighten public awareness of that country's desperate situation, as well as his more recent meeting with the Dalai Lama.

Ali's reflections on topics ranging from moral courage to belief in God, to respect for those who differ from us. Written with the assistance of his daughter, Hana, The Soul of a Butterfly is a compassionate and heartfelt book that will provide comfort for our troubled times.

'The most intimate picture yet of The Greatest of them All' Sunday Tribune

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  • Broché: 256 pages
  • Editeur : Bantam; Édition : New Ed (1 septembre 2005)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0553816462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553816464
  • Dimensions du produit: 12,7 x 1,6 x 19,8 cm
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Par Samira le 23 juillet 2012
Format: Broché
Intéressant à lire pour les fans du boxeur mais ne pas s'attendre à une autobiographie détaillée! Il s'agit d'un recueil d'anecdotes et de poèmes écrits simplement. Facile et agréable à lire donc...
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We can learn a lot from this man 28 novembre 2004
Par Arjun Subramanian - Publié sur
Format: Relié
I have always been curious about the man who calls himself Muhammad Ali. Curiousity then turned into fascination when I saw Will Smith's fantastic portrayal of Ali. And then finally, When I saw this book I felt the urge to read it.

The book is nothing short of fantastic. It takes you on a journey through the remarkable learnings of this great man and moves you to tears at some points. It's not a very intense read and as the publisher mentions, its more of a compilation of abstract values Ali has learned and picked up over his life. He talks about these values and peppers them with anectodes and incidents in his life.

Whatever you may think of this man, this books is as close to heart as it gets. I was touched by his honesty and and simple logic to life. It will show you a man who is a giant. A giant with the soul of a butterfly.

No matter who you are or where you are from or what you think of Ali, you can benefit from this book. If only to show you a side of Ali you never saw or (like me) be taken through a powerful journey, this book will be a great read for you.
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A quick, revealing and moving read 25 mars 2005
Par Adam R. Bosch - Publié sur
Format: Relié
I bought this book because I was a big Muhammad Ali fan--not only of his boxing, but of his life--and found that I am a bigger fan for having read it.

There are great messages spread like little nuggets of knowledge throughout the book. Ali says the way he judges if he's doing and good with his life is by asking himself if he would be happy with the way he lived today if he died tonight? His life story is broken up with mini lessons from Sufi wisdom and other teachings that apply to his life.

Ali speaks with great depth about his relationship with God and elaborates his thoughts on the role of religion in our lives. One of his great messages is a message of tolerance (he says no one religion is better than the other and they all have the same basic messages, to love our fellow humans).

And while this book is not written with the hand of a literary pro, that might be what's best about it. It's a simple read from a complex man. The book is moving and worth a little time and thought.
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Still "The Greatest" Hero the Modern World has Known 9 mai 2008
Par Herbert L Calhoun - Publié sur
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This beautiful summary of Ali's life is not just a gift to his kids but to all of America as well. In his own simple words, Ali shares with us his greatest triumphs and his worse agonies. It is all done with the same Ali, verve, upbeat spirit, and of course with smatterings of his homespun poetry. It is a superb collection of wisdom and witticisms that greatly enriches all who read them. The arc of the amplitude of his life is breathtakingly wide in scope. And I am fortunate in having had the good luck to have met him on three different occasions, and to have been touched by his style, grace and confidence on many others. All have been memorable experiences for me personally.

Some of the things he shares in this short volume come as a surprise even to me, one who kept up with his career almost religiously. For instance, I never knew that the Nation of Islam was against his refusal to go to Vietnam, and that he was expelled from the sect as a result of it? Nor did I know that he was refused a seat in a Louisville restaurant in 1960 while holding both the key to the city and while wearing his Olympic Gold Medal? Nor did I even know that he had actually denounced Malcolm X and "sided" with Elijah Muhammad in the feud between his two spiritual leaders: the feud that ended in Malcolm's death? Nor did I know that he was a Sunni Moslem? Or that he had thrown his Olympic Gold Medal into the Ohio River?

Although the book only reflects it indirectly, Ali is proof, that, whether black or white, we are all still part of the "American racial holocaust": A part of the Big American racial lie. The truths that Ali could not reveal directly in this book is common knowledge to all the world, that:

America hated Ali the same way it hated Dr. Martin Luther King, not for his arrogance, nor for his refusal to go to the war, but for being a proud black warrior in a "white only world." And then he used his pride and his boxing skills to take over the stage of America's drama of heroism, formerly reserved for white males only (or occasionally for others designated American "sanctioned Heroes," of which Ali clearly was not one). America's highly touted religion freedoms ceased to apply when this "proud black warrior" at center stage in the American drama, where he was not supposed to be, chose to exercise that freedom to, first become a Muslim, and then to refuse to go to war to kill others at the U.S. behest.

For exercising his religious freedom in these two ways, many interpreted both of his actions as the supreme insult to the nation's sensibilities. As a result, America tried to take away everything he had: his livelihood, his title, his fame, his money, the best years of his youth, his pride, his confidence: I know, I visited him in his home in Chicago during the Christmas of 1969 when he was in the deepest part of his "in country exile." But even though they took away everything else, they could not take away his pride or his confidence or his belief in his new found God.

America was most gleeful about dragging him off center stage, but even off center stage, his quiet strength grew to even greater proportions than his physical strength: Ali became larger than life outside the ring, not within it. When America saw that his quiet strength was greater than his pugilistic prowess, they knew they could not defeat him, in or out of the ring. Thus, there was no choice but to capitulate: After the Supreme Court Decision, America "ate crow" but they did not apologize for stealing the best four years of his youth, or taking away his title. They just cheered wildly when Joe Frazier beat him. This humbled him enough for white America to embrace him, but still without apologies. It was done as much to continue making money off of him, and so that they could now claim him as their own, and then be able to bask in his larger than life aura, as to redeem America's much embarrassed soul.

Because America's past is so ugly, it is very much the American way to pretend that nothing at all has ever happened in the past. The "bad Ali tape" was simply erased from the collective cultural memory banks: no apologies necessary, the same as it was done for Dr. Martin Luther King: one day King was a villain, the next a martyr, the next day a hero? Such is the nature of true "Black" heroes in America: Muhammad Ali, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Charley Parker, Sugar Ray Robinson, Malcolm X, Paul Roberson, WEB Du Bois, Eldridge Cleaver, Stokley Carmichael, Fanny Lou Hammer and on and on.

But the racist American system can never "own" Ali, no matter how many Olympic torches they allow him to carry around the stadium, because he beat the American system in the same way he beat all of his opponents in the ring: fair and square. He looked it in the eye and refused to buckle. And this book proves that Ali won, this, his most important bout, with the strength of his character
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Apologies from the GREATEST 6 mars 2005
Par William D. Tompkins - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Some of the treasures of this book are the apologies Muhammed makes to certainpeople he feels that he hurt in his lifetime. I won't give them away here to spoil it, but they are pretty surprising. Also quite interesting is Ali's ranking of his toughest fights. Surprisingly--Kenny Norton's name does not make the list.

The physical layput of the book is very interesting. The pages alternalte betwwen parch paper and tradtional book pages. The chapter layouts are disjointed but make for interesting visual as you read.

One one criticism is that the flow of the book is a bit disjointed at times so that you dont know where Ali is going with the flow of the chapters. maybe that was done on purpose, but I found it a little off kilter at times.

The graphics in the book have the look and feel of the 'SHROUD OF JESUS' imprint.

Read this book if you are looking for inspiration from a man who could have sounded bitter about his life but chose to meet the challenge head on and live life to the fullest
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Muhammad Ali: The Soul of a Butterfly 4 janvier 2011
Par Kupedawg - Publié sur
Format: Relié
I chose to read The Soul of a Butterfly by Muhammad Ali with Hana Yasmeen Ali because I am a big Muhammad Ali fan. I have enjoyed many pieces of his work from Muhammad's fights, stand-up comedy, poems, to his movies and interviews. This story tells stories about Muhammad's boxing career and also his personal life with his family and friends. Ali likes to describe the hardship of the segregation going on while he was still a young man. Muhammad tells a story of when he had just won the Olympic Gold Medal and came back to the United States and how the medal still didn't get him accepted in the U.S. due to his ethnicity. Muhammad also describes how his family life was when he was growing up and how his family always stuck together even through the tough times.
Muhammad Ali has won 12 awards throughout his lifetime almost all of them involving the sport of boxing. Ali's style of writing is a softer spoken and caring human being rather than his obnoxious and cocky attitude while he was in the ring fighting or in interviews. Ali's book is a biography of his life. Muhammad wanted to reach out to everyone in this book, not only his fans. Ali's purpose of his biography was to tell the loving side of himself and not have everyone only think of him as a boxer. The title fits perfectly with this story not only did Ali want to show his soft side, but he also wrote a poem that describes a butterfly. This is where I imagine he got his idea of a title. Muhammad and Hana Ali really jump around in this biography each chapter describes a different event which keeps the book interesting. The cover of the book is a picture of Muhammad presently and in the background it shows a poster of himself in his boxing days. I think this is done on purpose to show that boxing is behind him now but is still important to him and he is now focusing on the present and the rest of life's journeys. The only main character in this story is Muhammad as himself. Ali's theme of caring and loving really stands out because it shows a soft side of the fighter. Ali describes a time in his boxing career where he had a sick young kid come into his room after the fight and the kid had leukemia so Muhammad did not only sign an autograph for the child but he also went and visited him in the hospital before he left for a fight. Ali's main idea of this story is to show that even though fame came with his boxing career he is still just like everyone else and is not indestructible just because he was a famous athlete. My favorite quote from Muhammad is "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."
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