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Muhammad Ali not only defined the sport of boxing as a three-time world heavyweight champion but went on to cement that fame as one of the most celebrated sporting figures of the century, garnering worldwide admiration and acclaim for his athletic prowess, his outspokenness on matters of race and politics and, later in life, as a humanitarian and as a public figure suffering from Parkinson's disease.

Now Time celebrates one of the 20th century's most iconic athletes in this all-new special edition, Muhammad Ali: The Greatest, 1942-2016, by award-winning author and sports columnist Robert Lipsyte. From his humble origins in Louisville, Kentucky, to bouts that would take him around the world, the man born Cassius Clay was known for capitalizing on the attention he received to shape and burnish his own reputation, using interviews and appearances to deliver some of the most memorable quotes in sports from the past 50 years, including “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” and “Don't count the days, make the days count.” His conversion to Islam and status as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War would make him a symbol of resistance and political awareness. With photographs that capture the full arc of Ali's career - including classic fights with Sonny Liston and Joe Frazier encounters with the Beatles, his moving appearance at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta to light the torch, his symbiotic relationship with Howard Cosell and beyond - Muhammad Ali: The Greatest, 1942-2016 marries Muhammad Ali's incredible and inspirational life story with wonderful images that create a tribute befitting “The Greatest of All Time.”

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