Andrew R. M. Smith traces Foreman’s life and career from the Great Migration to the Great Society, out of urban Houston and onto the world stage where he discovered that fame brought new challenges. Drawing on new interviews with George Foreman and declassified government documents, as well as more than fifty domestic and international newspapers and magazines, Smith brings to life the story of a true American icon
... an insightful life study. It illuminates the many ways in which Mr. Foreman has differed from his storied competitors and found a kind of postcareer success that eluded them ... Mr. Smith makes it plain that the man who was once one of the rarest of power punchers is also one of those rare celebrities who seem to have learned from their vast experience.
Smith focuses on the business of boxing, particularly Foreman’s no-nonsense approach ... Boxing is a tough sport run by grifters and dicey athletic associations. But during Foreman’s encore career, he was a step ahead of them all. A compelling glimpse into the career of a true American success story.
In this well researched account, Smith...considers heavyweight George Foreman's life inside the ring and his longstanding contributions to boxing ... Foreman fans and those who remember his Rumble in the Jungle will enjoy this adept look at the champion’s life inside the ring.