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Ali Presents Book About His Life

October 10, 2003

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) _ Raising his fists in a fighting pose, Muhammad Ali greeted an adoring crowd at the Frankfurt Book Fair as he presented a book chronicling his life.

Ali, 61, walked slowly around a boxing ring set up for the event, posed for photographers and waved to several hundred fans chanting his name Thursday before signing a copy of the 800-page book.

The book, titled ``G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time), A Tribute to Muhammad Ali,″ weighs 75 pounds and sells for $3,545. It’s being published simultaneously in German and English by Cologne, Germany-based publisher Taschen.

``It is wonderful to experience the love that people have for this man, all around the world,″ said Ali’s wife, Lonnie. ``It’s just astounding.″

The book includes more than 3,000 photographs and hundreds of essays and reflections by Ali’s coaches, family and friends, as well as by Ali himself.

``You never get to go back in life,″ said Ali’s former trainer Angelo Dundee. ``But this book brings back everything in Muhammad Ali’s life.″

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