Muhammad Ali, Zürich, 26. 12. 1971
This fascinating illustrated book with photos by Eric Bachmann, who accompanied Muhammad Ali before his fight against Jürgen Blin in Zurich’s Hallenstadion, functions like a time capsule. The large number of pictures ─ often several from a single situation or scene ─ creates a film-like impression. The chronological arrangement produces the effect of a kind of ‘day in the life of Zurich’ in 1971. The quality of the reproductions is high and the design, with full-bleed images on one or two pages each, appears almost timeless. This impression is reinforced by the use of a hardback cover with a dust jacket. An informative closing section of the book provides short biographical notes in dictionary form on the people who appear in the pictures alongside Ali as well as a complete reproduction of every page of the fight programme. This is a warm, affectionate book.