Author(s): Leigh Montville
In the mid-1960s, boxer Cassius Clay was young, successful, brash, and hugely admired. Then he joined the Nation of Islam, renounced his "slave name," and redubbed himself Muhammad Ali. Finally, after being drafted in 1966, he refused to join the military for religious and conscientious reasons, triggering a fight that was larger than any of his bouts in the ring. What followed was a period of legal battles, of cultural obsession, and of becoming, in some ways, the very embodiment of the civil rights movement. In this insightful portrait of the charismatic, cocky, and always entertaining Ali, New York Times bestselling author Leigh Montville brilliantly explores and illuminates the key moments in a life that was as high profile and transformative as any in the twentieth century. Book jacket.