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Sting like a bee: Muhammad Ali vs. the United States of America, 1966-1971

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"An insightful portrait of Muhammed Ali from the New York Times bestselling author of At the Altar of Speed and The Big Bam. It centers on the cultural and political implications of Ali's refusal of service in the military--and the key moments in a life that was as high profile and transformative as any in the twentieth century. With the death of Muhammad Ali in June, 2016, the media and America in general have remembered a hero, a heavyweight champion, an Olympic gold medalist, an icon, and a man who represents the sheer greatness of America. New York Times bestselling author Leigh Montville goes deeper, with a fascinating chronicle of a story that has been largely untold. Muhammad Ali, in the late 1960s, was young, successful, brash, and hugely admired--but with some reservations. He was bombastic and cocky in a way that captured the imagination of America, but also drew its detractors. He was a bold young African American in an era when few people were as outspoken. He renounced his name--Cassius Clay--as being his 'slave name,' and joined the Nation of Islam, renaming himself Muhammad Ali. And finally in 1966, after being drafted, 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 in some ways of being the very embodiment of the civil rights movement located in the heart of one man. Muhammad Ali was the tip of the arrow, and Leigh Montville brilliantly assembles all the boxing, the charisma, the cultural and political shifting tides, and ultimately the enormous waft of entertainment that always surrounded Ali. Muhammed Ali vs. the United States of America is an important and incredibly engaging book"--
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subject_facetAfrican American Muslims -- Biography
African American boxers -- Biography
Ali, Muhammad, -- 1942-2016
Boxers (Sports) -- United States -- Biography
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Conscientious objectors -- United States
title_displaySting like a bee : Muhammad Ali vs. the United States of America, 1966-1971
title_fullSting Like a Bee Muhammad Ali vs. the United States of America, 1966-1971
Sting like a bee : Muhammad Ali vs. the United States of America, 1966-1971 / Leigh Montville
title_shortSting like a bee
title_subMuhammad Ali vs. the United States of America, 1966-1971
topic_facetAfrican American Muslims
African American boxers
Ali, Muhammad
Biography & Autobiography
Boxers (Sports)
Conscientious objectors
Nonfiction
Politics
Sports & Recreations
Vietnam War, 1961-1975