Running with the Champ: My Forty-Year Friendship with Muhammad Ali

Running with the Champ My Forty Year Friendship with Muhammad Ali A personal tribute to the remarkable friendship between Tim Shanahan and Muhammad Ali including dozens of never before told stories about Ali his family his entourage and various celebrities along

  • Title: Running with the Champ: My Forty-Year Friendship with Muhammad Ali
  • Author: Tim Shanahan Chuck Crisafulli
  • ISBN: 9781501102301
  • Page: 293
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A personal tribute to the remarkable friendship between Tim Shanahan and Muhammad Ali, including dozens of never before told stories about Ali, his family, his entourage, and various celebrities along the way as well as never before published personal photos.In 1976 Tim Shanahan was a medical instruments salesman living in Chicago and was associated with a charity that arrA personal tribute to the remarkable friendship between Tim Shanahan and Muhammad Ali, including dozens of never before told stories about Ali, his family, his entourage, and various celebrities along the way as well as never before published personal photos.In 1976 Tim Shanahan was a medical instruments salesman living in Chicago and was associated with a charity that arranged for athletes to speak to underprivileged kids Muhammad Ali was also living in Chicago, having just reclaimed his title as heavyweight champion of the world after defeating George Foreman and Joe Frazier The Thrilla in Manila He was at the peak of his fame and athletic skill Shanahan contacted Ali to ask whether he would participate in the program Not only did Ali agree, he invited Shanahan to his house and then spent several hours talking to Shanahan It was the beginning of a forty year friendship.In Running with the Champ, Shanahan shares the stories of various celebrities whom Ali met over the years, such as Michael Jackson who showed Ali and Shanahan his doll collection , Elvis Presley, John Travolta, Andy Warhol, and many others Ali invited Shanahan to sparring sessions and once sparred with him and the two men would often go running together in the early morning Shanahan accompanied Ali to his Pennsylvania training camp as the Champ prepared to fight Ken Norton, Earnie Shavers, and Leon Spinks and he witnessed numerous unpublicized incidents of Ali s generosity to people in need When Ali moved to Los Angeles, Shanahan also relocated there Running with the Champ is a touching, candid narrative of an extraordinary friendship that persevered through the best and worst of times.

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    1. Amy M. Hawes, Senior Writer BCBHere's my interview with the author, Tim Shanahan:It takes a special kind of dignity to stand in front of the world and allow them to see the humanity behind your mythic invincibility. This was the thought resounding in my mind as I watched Muhammad Ali hold the Olympic torch with trembling hands during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. I’m sure it was a sentiment shared by many, his frailty and strength piercingly vivid. Revealing a beloved, yet imperfect man [...]

    2. I received a copy of this book for free through a First Reads Giveaway."Running with the Champ" both a memoir or Tim Shanahan and a biography of sorts of Muhammad Ali. I enjoyed the lesser known stories throughoutat were lesser known because only Tim was there with Ali. It's a good companion piece to anyone that wants to know more about Ali while out of the spotlight. Plenty of good stories and private moments between a close friend and Ali. There is no controversy in the book and Shanahan does [...]

    3. I enjoyed getting a glimpse into Muhammad Ali's life through the eyes of his longtime friend, the author, Tim Shanahan. This really helped to view Ali as a person and not just a famous athlete. There are many wonderful photographs scattered throughout the book. It was a touching tribute to "the Greatest."I received this book as a Giveaway. Yay!

    4. A Giveaway. A good biography of Ali and his friendship with the author. The story has many parts revealing the nonpublic Ali. An easy read but some time disjointed as it jumps around time wise.

    5. Another book about Ali and mostly all the things we have read before but still a good book. A great career of a man who lived a full life and enjoyed life to it's fullest.

    6. Whether you liked Ali or not, I think most would agree he was unique. I enjoyed reading about his life from this author's perspective and his long-standing relationship with Ali. Tim Shanahan has had many opportunities to meet many celebrities in his life, not only through Ali and there are plenty of interesting antidotes. I also liked all of the personal pictures included in the book.The book does bounce around back and forth throughout the years and I think the flow would have been improved if [...]

    7. Thank you NetGalley for giving me an opportunity to review this book. It was a coincidence that I received this book to review just a day before the death of Muhammad Ali. This book is 40 years of record of friendship between Tim Shanahan and Muhammad Ali. Tim was a sales rep and he met Muhammad Ali with regard to one charity event. Tim has given account of their friendship. Tim met various athletes, Hollywood and other famous personalities. This is the first book I read about Muhammad Ali. Ther [...]

    8. Tim Shanahan's account of his long running friendship with The Greatest is engaging and insightful. It enables you to feel what it was like, not just to be close to Muhammad Ali, but tobeMuhammad Ali. Shanahan mostly refrains from being overly worshipful, and he gives you a strong sense of Ali as an exceptional human being - one who developed a bond with Shanahan simply because he liked him and Shanahan asked little to nothing in return. Throughout the book, you get the sense that Ali judged peo [...]

    9. I found this to be a very fascinating read because it focused on Ali as a person vs. the celebrity persona. It showed a different side of Ali than the one I grew up hearing about and after reading it, I feel as though I have a much better understanding of Muhammed Ali as a person. I also have a great deal of respect for him, as well. I would recommend this book. It's a light, easy read and a fun read, to boot.

    10. Running with the Champ by Tim Shanahan is a incredibly detailed insight into the life of the Champion Muhammad Ali, through the eyes of one of his greatest friends.drive.google/open?id=1mkw

    11. I've been an Ali fan for a very long time, so I enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about his long and interesting life. Thanks to for this good read!

    12. I have always liked Ali. I like him even more now because Shanahan showed the human, non-celebrity side of Ali. Because Parkinson's runs in my family, I found this very therapeutic, as well.

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