Books: The Harder They Fall

MUHAMMAD ALI

by WILFRID SHEED

255 pages. Illustrated. Thomas Y. Crowell. $19.95.

Wilfrid Sheed is almost certainly the best American reviewer of books. He is also, as he has shown in Max Jamison and People Will Always Be Kind, a novelist of wit and intelligence. When his prose has erred, it has always been on the side of elegance; he has never been known to write a bad or foolish line.

That was before Muhammad Ali, another one of those brightly illustrated, all-star productions by Publisher Laurence Schiller, who previously arranged the controversial match between...

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