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

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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.

Paperback: 400 pages
Authors: Randy Roberts، Johnny Smith
Publisher: Basic Books; Reprint edition (November 1، 2016)
Language: English
Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches

About the Author
Randy Roberts is a distinguished professor of history at Purdue University. An award-winning author، he has written biographies of iconic athletes and celebrities، including Jack Johnson، Jack Dempsey، Joe Louis، Bear Bryant، and John Wayne. Roberts lives in Lafayette، Indiana.

Johnny Smith is an assistant professor of American history at Georgia Tech. He is the author of The Sons of Westwood: John Wooden، UCLA، and the Dynasty that Changed College Basketball. Smith lives in Atlanta، Georgia.

Editorial Reviews
Winner of the 2017 North American Society for Sport History Book Award

"[An] absorbing and provocative new book... An engrossing and important book."―David Margolick، Wall Street Journal

"A rigorously researched book that gracefully pivots between the world of the ring and the racial politics of the early '60s."
―New York Times Book Review

"Earnest and...smartly constructed."
―Washington Post

"Exhaustively researched and tautly written.... The authors unearth reams of new evidence، shine light on long-overlooked episodes، and hack away at the barnacles of mythology، thereby giving us the finest portrait yet of the doomed relationship that transformed Cassius Clay into Muhammad Ali."―James Rosen، National Review

"Though their individual lives have been explored through previous books and movies، Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X delves into the close kinship these men shared، and the reasons it ultimately fell apart."―Economist

"This book offers a significant contribution to serious studies of Malcolm X، Muhammad Ali، and the Nation of Islam."
―Library Journal

"The authors give us a thorough examination of the relationship between the two icons in the context of the black experience and the turbulent 1960s.... We're brought back to the champ's early boxing days and see how the brash Ali whom America came to know developed."―New York Post

"The broad outlines of the AliMalcolm drama are well known، but Roberts and Smith emphasize how crucial each was to the other's destiny: Ali's as a global figure of black pride and Malcolm's as a martyred black visionary. They provide more exhaustive detail than previously available، aided by newly released FBI files and personal papers. And they infuse the tale with sharp insights and an impending sense of tragedy."―City Journal

"[A] provocative history.... Roberts and Smith map the relationship between the troubled icons in painstaking detail and debunk long-held assumptions about their break.... Roberts and Smith bring a fresh perspective to the story in the civil rights movement، and capture the ferment of the broader era."―Publishers Weekly

Edited by: Yara Sameh

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