Coming August 2020!
“Vivifies the cultural icon who was instrumental to Ali’s success…Bundini employs quotes and anecdotes in a skillful way alongside solid contextual information…Authoritative and entertaining, Bundini comes through for boxing fans and for those interested in Black American culture.”—Foreword Reviews
Bundini has found his Bundini―a writer who completes him, who understands him right to down to his beautiful, brilliant, bombastic core! Todd Snyder gives Bundini the impassioned and intelligent treatment Ali’s hype man has long deserved. A total joy. This is one my favorite boxing books of all time.―Jonathan Eig, best-selling author of Ali: A Life
“If you think you knew Bundini Brown, then think again. This extraordinarily well-written book will give you a nuanced and brilliantly told view of the story of his life. It will surprise you and most of all illuminate for you the flamboyant man who stood next to ‘The Greatest.’”―Al Bernstein, Showtime boxing analyst and member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame
“God gave Bundini the key to everyone’s heart. He knew how to use the key and open their hearts and get to them. This wonderful book tells that story.”―Gene Kilroy, business manager to Muhammad Ali
“Todd Snyder expertly navigates readers through the life and impact of Drew ‘Bundini’ Brown, presenting an intimate, fully-fleshed portrait. Snyder peels back layers and reveals Bundini as someone who was much more than simply Muhammad Ali’s hype man. You don’t have to believe in hype, but you can trust Snyder as a craftsman who delivers.”―Jonathan Abrams, author of the New York Times bestseller Boys Among Men: How the Prep-to-Pro Generation Redefined the NBA and Sparked a Basketball Revolution
Todd Snyder goes deeper than any previous author in decoding the cypher known as Bundini, drilling down not just into his relationship with the great Muhammad Ali, but also giving us a view of him as a father, husband, and businessman. Boxing fans will enjoy this book, especially those who love Ali, but Bundini’s story is one for everybody who can identify with flawed, big-hearted people.”―Michael Ezra, author of Muhammad Ali: The Making of an Icon
Fifty years after he coined the iconic phrase Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, Drew “Bundini” Brown remains one of boxing’s most mysterious and misunderstood figures. His impact on the sport and the culture at large is undeniable. Cornerman and confidant to two of the greatest fighters ever—Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali—Brown lived an extraordinary American life.
After a poverty-stricken childhood in Jim Crow Florida, Brown came of age traveling the world as a naval steward. On being discharged, he settled in New York City and spent wild nights in the jazz joints of Harlem, making a name for himself as the charismatic street philosopher and poet some called “Fast Black.” He married a white woman from a family of Orthodox Jewish immigrants, in dramatic defiance of 1950s cultural norms, and later appeared in films such as the blaxploitation classic, Shaft.
In Bundini, Todd Snyder digs deep into Brown’s expansive story, revealing not only how he became Muhammad Ali’s “hype man”—the prototype for his successors in that role, especially Flavor Flav of Public Enemy—but also, as boxing’s greatest motivator, a model for others who seek to inspire, in any endeavor.
Who Was Bundini?
“I think Bundini was the source of Muhammad Ali’s spirit. I wouldn’t even call him a trainer or corner man, he was more important than a trainer. Ali had an unmeasurable determination and he got it from Bundini.”—George Foreman
“When you talk about Bundini, you are talking about the mouthpiece of Muhammad Ali, an extension of Muhammad Ali’s spirit. There would never have been a Muhammad Ali without Drew Bundini Brown.”—Khalilah Camacho-Ali (Muhammad Ali’s second wife)
“Bundini gave Ali his entire heart. Bundini played a very important part in Ali’s career. He was Ali’s right hand man. He knew exactly how to motivate him. He was the one guy who could really get him up to train and get him ready to fight.”—Larry Holmes
Learn more about Drew “Bundini” Brown:
- Booksellers, librarians, and reviewers, find Bundini on Edelweiss
- Request a print review copy: Contact Us
- Bundini Brown: Boxing’s Greatest Hype Man, by Kyle Sarofeen
VIDEO: Drew “Bundini” Brown And Muhammad Ali Hyping Each Other Up On The Bus