Blood brothers : the fatal friendship between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X / Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith.
Publication year: 2016
Publisher: New York : Basic Books A Member of the Perseus Books Group,
ISBN: 0465093221 9780465093229
Preface: A dream deferred -- Prologue: Behind the veil -- The mother ship in Miami -- God's angry man -- "Who made me is me" -- In cold blood -- The winter of boxing -- Apollo -- Hide your cat -- The great pretender -- Back to the grave -- Trouble in Miami -- The crusade -- Free to be me -- The shakeup -- An American nightmare -- King of the world -- The Muslim champ -- Worthy of death -- Epilogue: Once the hate is gone -- Postscript: The Second act -- Acknowledgments -- Bibliography -- Notes -- Index.
In 1962, boxing writers and fans considered Cassius Clay an obnoxious self-promoter, and few believed that he would become the heavyweight champion of the world. But Malcolm X, the most famous minister in the Nation of Islam--a sect many white Americans deemed a hate cult--saw the potential in Clay, not just for boxing greatness, but as a means of spreading the Nation's message. The two became fast friends, keeping their interactions secret from the press for fear of jeopardizing Clay's career. Clay began living a double life--a patriotic "good Negro" in public, and a radical reformer behind the scenes. Soon, however, their friendship would sour, with disastrous and far-reaching consequences. Based on previously untapped sources, from Malcolm's personal papers to FBI records, "Blood Brothers" is the first book to offer an in-depth portrait of this complex bond. Acclaimed historians Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith reconstruct the worlds that shaped Malcolm and Clay, from the boxing are
xxiv, 370 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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