• Sign In / Register
  • Help
  • Basket0
Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X (Paperback)
  • Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X (Paperback)
zoom

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

(author), (author)
£13.99
Paperback 400 Pages / Published: 01/11/2016
  • In stock online

Usually despatched within 24 hours

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect
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 arenas and mosques, to postwar New York and civil rights-era Miami. In an impressively detailed account, they reveal how Malcolm moulded Cassius Clay into Muhammad Ali, helping him become an international symbol of black pride and black independence. Yet when Malcolm was barred from the Nation for criticizing the philandering of its leader, Elijah Muhammad, Ali turned his back on Malcolm,a choice that tragically contributed to the latter's assassination in February 1965.Malcolm's death marked the end of a critical phase of the civil rights movement, but the legacy of his friendship with Ali has endured. We inhabit a new era where the roles of entertainer and activist, of sports and politics, are more entwined than ever before. Blood Brothers is the story of how Ali redefined what it means to be a black athlete in America,after Malcolm first enlightened him. An extraordinary narrative of love and deep affection, as well as deceit, betrayal, and violence, this story is a window into the public and private lives of two of our greatest national icons, and the tumultuous period in American history that they helped to shape.

Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
ISBN: 9780465093229
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 338 g
Dimensions: 210 x 144 x 27 mm


MEDIA 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 Ali/Malcolm 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
"[Roberts and Smith] sharply detail Malcolm's growing disillusionment with Elijah, his heartbreak at the loss of Ali's allegiance, and the ugly dynamic within the Nation that left the defiant minister murdered. A page-turning tale from the 1960s about politics and sports and two proud, extraordinary men whose legacies endure."--Kirkus Reviews
"Thanks to Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith's enthralling narrative we now have a better understanding of how a complex relationship was born, and how it fell apart."
--The Times
"A unique hybrid of race, politics, and sports; it is easy to read yet gives rise to sober reflection. It fills a gap in our understanding of one of the most fascinating relationships in American history."--Allen Barra, Boston Globe
"Roberts and Smith portray both of these courageous and controversial, inspired and inspiring men with fresh, stinging clarity, and extend our perception of the interconnectivity of race, religion, sports, and media during this violent and transformative era, which is so very germane today."--Booklist
"In convincing detail, Blood Brothers traces Ali's rise to international celebrity while Malcolm was stalked and harassed by the Fruit of Islam, the paramilitary group that enforced obedience to the church."
--Los Angeles Times
"In the most detailed account to date of this fascinating bond, professors of history Randy Roberts (Purdue) and Johnny Smith (Georgia Tech) unveil a story few Americans know, arguing that Ali and Malcolm were much more than mere acquaintances; their symbiotic relationship, with Ali as pupil and Malcolm as mentor, was deeply important to each man. From beginning to end, Blood Brothers is a story of transformation."
--Dallas Morning News
"Blood Brothers is shedding light on the secret friendship between boxing great Muhammad Ali and civil rights leader Malcolm X."--Washington Times
"In this illuminating joint effort, Blood Brothers tells the story of a strange friendship marked by initial affection, cold manipulation, and ultimate estrangement."
--Howell Raines, former executive editor of the New York Times
"There's brilliant history in this crackling story of two men whose tragic brotherhood changed America. Absorbing and essential reading."
--Robert Lipsyte, former sports columnist for the New York Times

You may also be interested in...

Kitchen Confidential
Added to basket
£10.99   £9.99
Paperback
Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different
Added to basket
Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls 2
Added to basket
Recovery
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Admissions
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
This is Going to Hurt
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
The Secret Barrister
Added to basket
£16.99   £13.99
Hardback
The Stopping Places
Added to basket
£14.99   £12.99
Hardback
How to be Champion
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
Arlott, Swanton and the Soul of English Cricket
Added to basket
Let The Good Times Roll
Added to basket
Life in the Garden
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
On Leopard Rock: A Life of Adventures
Added to basket
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
Added to basket
First Man In
Added to basket
£20.00   £10.00
Hardback
Adventures of a Young Naturalist
Added to basket

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.