Redemption Song: Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties

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Verso, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 326 pages
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New edition. A new afterword considers Ali and his legacy in light of the war on terror and new connotations of Islam and the West. Is there a more characteristic figure of the 1960s than Muhammad Aliplayful and political, popular and non-conformist, defiant and triumphant? Mike Marqusee puts the great boxer back in his true historical context to explore a crucial moment at the crossroads of popular culture and mass resistance. He traces Ali's interaction with the evolving black liberation and anti-war movements, including his brief but fascinating liaison with Malcolm X, as well as his encounters with Martin Luther King, Jr. Marqusee's elegant and forceful narrative explores the origins and impact of Ali's dramatic public stands on race and the draft, and reinterprets the "Rumble in the Jungle," shedding new light on its triumph and tragedy. Above all, he imbues Ali's story with a long-neglected international dimension, revealing why Ali was embraced with such warmth by diverse peoples across the globe. This timely antidote to the apolitical celebration of Ali as "a great American" revisits the man and the period with a fresh eye, casting new light on both his courage and his confusions.
  

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Review: Redemption Song: Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixities

User Review  - Steve Morey - Goodreads

A complex book to discuss a complex man. It loses it's way when it meanders around Bob Dylan, but that might be my personal taste. The book returns to the earlier form for The Rumble in the Jungle. Overall presenting a portrait of a man in his time. Read full review

Review: Redemption Song: Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixities

User Review  - Malcolm - Goodreads

Muhammad Ali is one of the most complex, divisive and challenging figures in recent US history, he is icon, athlete, activist. Mike Marqusse shows us how Ali's life is about so much more than boxing ... Read full review

Contents

The Baby Figure of the Giant Mass
7
A Change Is Gonna Come
46
Bringing It All Back Home
102
Beyond the Confines of America
162
At the Rendezvous of Victory
253
Crowns and Garlands
293
Muhammad Ali and the War on Terror
299
Note on Sources
315
Index
320
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Mike Marqusee's books include Wicked Messenger: Bob Dylan and the 1960s, Redemption Song: Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties, War Minus the Shooting, Anyone but England and If I Am Not for Myself. He is a regular contributor to the Guardian and writes a fortnightly column for the Indian newspaper The Hindu. He lives in London.

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