“At first I found Norman Mailer hard work (bit of an egotist!) but his account of the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ is insightful, stirring and exhilarating. You don’t need to be a ‘fight-fun’ to be swept away by the majesty of Foreman and Ali.” Ann
From one of the major innovators of New Journalism, Norman Mailer’s The Fight is the real-life story of a clash between two of the world’s greatest boxers, both in and out of the ring. Norman Mailer’s The Fight focuses on the 1974 World Heavyweight Boxing Championship in Kinshasa, Zaire. Muhammad Ali met George Foreman in the ring.
Foreman’s genius employed silence, serenity and cunning. He had never been defeated. His hands were his instrument, and ‘he kept them in his pockets the way a hunter lays his rifle back into its velvet case’. Together the two men made boxing history in an explosive meeting of two great minds, two iron wills and monumental egos.