A Memoir of Love, Loss and Forgiveness
Through cherished memories, audio journals and many never-before-seen photographs, this final letter of love from a daughter to her father is also a poignant portrait of the legend, Muhammad Ali.
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, love letters and many never-before-seen photographs, 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.
“This book is an amazing insight into an incredible man”
“To millions of fans his reputation went beyond the boxing ring. In At Home With Muhammad Ali, Hana Ali tells what it was like to grow up with the most legendary name in sport. [The book] vividly evokes an Ali who is barely recognisable as the cocky, complicated boxer and incendiary political figure depicted in obituaries. Instead, Hana fleshes out the Ali of his later years... She presents her father as a funny, doting family man who looks for ways to bring joy to ordinary people. Ultimately, his final victory is his greatest: coming to terms with this illness after realising that it was the one opponent he would never beat.”
“Intimate... Moving... [This] memoir charts Hana's treasured memories of a man hailed as one of the first global superstars of sport.”
“How wonderful, after decades of thoughtful but at-a-distance portraits of Muhammad Ali, we have this exquisite and movingly intimate one. His daughter, Hana, has permitted us all to fill out—with love—our own sense of the real man behind all the mythology. This is a hugely important addition to our understanding of the Greatest of All Time.”
Ken Burns, filmmaker
“A famous man will be viewed one way by the public. Another by his wife. Another by his children. Hana brings together these vantage points — and allows everyone to see Muhammad Ali in a new light.”
“This book is filled with golden nuggets. Golden nuggets about Muhammad Ali that you could never find anywhere else because only Hana Ali is in the position to share them. And share them she does with all her heart. Reading this book, I think I fully understood how difficult it must’ve been for Hana to look this deeply into her experience to write it. What an undertaking, and Hana rose to the challenge — just like her dad.”
Cal Fussman, New York Times bestselling author of Double or Nothing
“Hana has brought to life all of the love, joy, and complexities of our lives at our home on Fremont Place. She has beautifully written every word herself, bringing our family’s faded memories to the present. I have pondered, laughed, and cried along with each piece of her heart. Her father would be as proud of her, as I am.”
“Only Hana could have written this extraordinary Memoir. She had a special bond with our father, unlike anyone else. People always think that I was daddy’s girl because I followed him into the boxing ring, but she was actually the one! This book is one of a kind, full of wisdom and heart which comes to life on these pages.”