• Ali ; une vie

    Jonathan Eig

    • Marabout
    • 7 Novembre 2018

    Ali : une vie est bien plus qu'une énième biographie du célèbre boxeur. Rédigée par Jonathan Eig, le « maître conteur » américain, elle franchit une nouvelle étape audacieuse dans la description et l'analyse de la vie de Mohamed Ali, révélant un personnage complexe.

    C'est une histoire sur la couleur de peau, sur la ségrégation, sur le sport brutal qu'est la boxe et sur un homme fascinant qui a inspiré le monde entier.

    Méprisé, voire haï, par une Amérique encore en partie raciste, controversé par ses prises de position, politiquement radical, Ali est aussi une véritable icône élevée au rang de dieu vivant, sportif accompli, s'engageant dans l'humanitaire et avec volonté de donner une image positive de l'islam.

    À travers la figure de Ali, c'est également l'évolution de la société américaine que nous fait découvrir Jonathan Eig. L'écriture de l'auteur et sa narration de qualité font de Ali : Une vie un document exceptionnel et historique.

  • « Un soir d'hiver à Manhattan, tard, Margaret Sanger vint trouver Gregory Pincus pour parler révolution, rien que ça. Il ne serait question ni de pistolets ni de bombes... seulement de sexe, et plus il y en aurait, mieux ce serait. »
    Voici l'histoire des quatre pionniers à l'origine de la pilule contraceptive, la plus grande découverte scientifique du XXe siècle, celle qui devait changer radicalement notre société. Quatre visionnaires qui réunirent leurs forces pour développer ce « médicament » qui stopperait l'ovulation. Libre comme un homme est le roman-vrai d'un long combat contre l'establishment pour concevoir et commercialiser ce qui ne s'appelait pas encore la pilule.

  • Anglais The Birth of the Pill

    Jonathan Eig

    In the winter of 1950, Margaret Sanger, then seventy-one, and who had campaigned for women's right to control their own fertility for five decades, arrived at a Park Avenue apartment building. She had come to meet a visionary scientist with a dubious reputation more than twenty years her junior. His name was Gregory Pincus.
    In The Birth of the Pill, Jonathan Eig tells the extraordinary story of how, prompted by Sanger, and then funded by the wealthy widow and philanthropist Katharine McCormick, Pincus invented a drug that would stop women ovulating. With the support of John Rock, a charismatic and, crucially, Catholic doctor from Boston, who battled his own church in the effort to win public approval for the controversial new drug, he succeeded. Together, these four determined men and women changed the world.Spanning the years from Sanger's heady Greenwich Village days in the early twentieth century to trial tests in Puerto Rico in the 1950s to the cusp of the sexual revolution in the 1960s, this is a grand story of radical feminism, scientific ingenuity, establishment opposition, and, ultimately, a sea change in social attitudes. Brilliantly researched and vividly written, The Birth of the Pillis a gripping account of a remarkable cultural, social and scientific journey

  • Anglais Ali

    Jonathan Eig

    The definitive biography of an American icon, from a New York Times best-selling author with unique access to Ali’s inner circle /> /> He was the wittiest, the prettiest, the strongest, the bravest, and, of course, the greatest (as he told us himself). Muhammad Ali was one of the twentieth century’s most fantastic figures and arguably the most famous man on the planet. /> /> But until now, he has never been the subject of a complete, unauthorized biography. Jonathan Eig, hailed by Ken Burns as one of America’s master storytellers, radically reshapes our understanding of the complicated man who was Ali. Eig had access to all the key people in Ali’s life, including his three surviving wives and his managers. He conducted more than 500 interviews and uncovered thousands of pages of previously unreleased FBI and Justice Department files, as well dozens of hours of newly discovered audiotaped interviews from the 1960s. Collectively, they tell Ali’s story like never before--the story of a man who was flawed and uncertain and brave beyond belief. /> /> “I am America,” he once declared. “I am the part you won’t recognize. But get used to me--black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own. Get used to me.” /> /> He was born Cassius Clay in racially segregated Louisville, Kentucky, the son of a sign painter and a housekeeper. He went on to become a heavyweight boxer with a dazzling mix of power and speed, a warrior for racial pride, a comedian, a preacher, a poet, a draft resister, an actor, and a lover. Millions hated him when he changed his religion, changed his name, and refused to fight in the Vietnam War. He fought his way back, winning hearts, but at great cost. Like so many boxers, he stayed too long. /> /> Jonathan Eig’s Ali reveals Ali in the complexity he deserves, shedding important new light on his politics, religion, personal life, and neurological condition. Ali is a story about America, about race, about a brutal sport, and about a courageous man who shook up the world.

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