Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X from Basic Books

Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X from Basic Books
Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X from Basic Books Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X from Basic Books Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X from Basic Books Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X from Basic Books (click images to enlarge)

Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X from Basic Books

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Description of Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali...

[Our book on] Ali’s relationship with Malcolm X resulted from our interest in how Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali; that is, how he discovered his political voice. He was a fighter, not an intellectual; an athlete, not a reader. But sometime between the ages of 18 and 22, he developed a mature Black Nationalist ideology. How? The answer led to Malcolm, and that entailed understanding who Malcolm really was, what his goals were and how he thought Cassius fit into that agenda. We realized that Malcolm and Ali played critical roles in each other’s lives.

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The first book to bring to life the influential friendship between Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali

In 1962, no one believed that the obnoxious Cassius Clay would ever become the heavyweight champion of the world. But Malcolm X saw the potential in Clay, not just for boxing greatness, but as a means of spreading the Nation of Islam's radical message. Malcolm secretly molded Clay into Muhammad Ali--a patriotic boxing star 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, Blood Brothers is the first book to offer an in-depth portrait of this complex bond. An extraordinary narrative of love, betrayal, and violence, this story is a window into the lives of two of our greatest national icons, and the tumultuous period in American history that they helped to shape.

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