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Random House presents the audiobook edition of At Home with Muhammad Ali by Hana Ali, read by Kim Staunton. At Home with Muhammad Ali is an intimate behind-the-scenes portrait of a legend, a man admired and respected as the greatest sporting icon of our age, written by Ali’s daughter Hana.As Muhammad Ali approached the end of his astonishing boxing career, he strove to embrace a new purpose and role in life beyond the ring. It was a role that would see him take centre stage as an ambassador for peace and friendship whilst at the same time attempting to find balance and harmony with his many commitments and responsibilities as a husband, devoted father, son and friend. In the 1970s Ali began recording a series of audio diaries, mostly in his LA home. Through these private tapes as well as personal journals and love letters, we discover Ali the family man and see how, despite the complexities of his personal life, he went to extraordinary lengths to keep all of his nine children united and to help others - be they family, friend or stranger. We also hear of the everyday adventures the family experienced, with visitors such as Michael Jackson, Clint Eastwood and John Travolta dropping by. Candid and revealing, At Home with Muhammad Ali is more than Hana’s family memoir. It is a moving and poignant letter of love and affection from a daughter to a father. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kim Staunton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/003882/bk_rhuk_003882_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Of all the great cities in the world, few personify their country like New York City. As America´s largest city and best known immigration gateway into the country, the Big Apple represents the beauty, diversity and sheer strength of the United States, a global financial center that has enticed people chasing the ´´American Dream´´ for centuries. As such, it´s only fitting that Madison Square Garden, the stadium that bills itself as the world´s most famous arena, resides in the heart of Manhattan. Just blocks away from the Empire State Building and situated atop Penn Station, the Garden is always bustling, whether it´s for special events or as the home of the NBA´s New York Knicks and NHL´s New York Rangers, and all the while, performing in the Garden has been a career benchmark for artists as varied as Elvis Presley, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, and Michael Jackson. As Billie Joel put it, ´´Madison Square Garden is the center of the universe as far as I´m concerned. It has the best acoustics, the best audiences, the best reputation, and the best history of great artists who have played there. It is the iconic, holy temple of Rock and Roll for most touring acts and, being a New Yorker, it holds a special significance to me.´´ The Garden is now nearly 50 years old, making it one of the oldest sporting venues used in professional sports, but the current arena was not the first Madison Square Garden, and the area has a history as an entertainment center dating back to the 19th century. Ironically, its location on the less crowded fringes of Manhattan in the 19th century helped establish it as a place for hucksters like P.T. Barnum to hold events. In fact, a previous Garden was one of New York City´s tallest buildings in the early 20th century, and it was bankrolled by business titans like J.P. Morgan and Andrew Carnegie. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Todd Mansfield. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/033630/bk_acx0_033630_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Here Edgeofsports.com sportswriter Dave Zirin shows how sports express the worst, as well as the most creative and exciting, features of American society. Zirin explores how Janet Jackson´s Super Bowl flash-time show exposed more than a breast, why the labor movement has everything to learn from sports unions, and why a new generation of athletes is no longer content to ´´play one game at a time´´ and is starting to get political. What´s My Name, Fool! draws on original interviews with former heavyweight champ George Foreman, Olympian and black power saluter John Carlos, NBA basketball player and anti-death penalty activist Etan Thomas, antiwar women´s college hoopster Toni Smith, Olympic Project for Human Rights leader Lee Evans and many others. Popular sportswriter and commentator Dave Zirin is editor of The Prince George´s Post (Maryland) and writes the weekly column ´´Edge of Sports´´ (edgeofsports.com). He is a senior writer at basketball.com. Zirin´s writing has also appeared in The Source, Common Dreams, College Sporting News, CounterPunch, Alternet, International Socialist Review, Black Sports Network, War Times, San Francisco Bay View, and Z Magazine. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Aaron Abano. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/029578/bk_adbl_029578_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Carson Cunningham was a top college basketball player for Oregon State and Purdue and a native of Hoosierland Indiana who believed he could one day play in the NBA, but instead wound up in the minor leagues of professional basketball- the storied and now defunct CBA. It’s a league that has turned out a record-setting number of NBA players and coaches, such as Phil Jackson and George Karl, but it wasn’t glamorous. Near-empty arenas, interminable bus rides to nowheresville, oddball coaches, little loyalty from management, and meager pay were a few realities of CBA life. Yet, it drew players in with the allure of action and the prospect of an NBA call-up.Carson writes honestly and hilariously of his running and gunning days in the CBA, with flashbacks to his college days where the future seemed brighter than a new pair of Nikes. A top recruit with superior ballhanding and shooting skills along with a sixth basketball sense, in 1997 Carson was a Sporting News All-American freshman who broke Gary Payton´s freshman scoring record and a few years later helped his team at Purdue get within a game of the Final Four. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Boehmer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/010475/bk_adbl_010475_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.