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Here, Bingham (Muhammad Ali: A Thirty-Year Journey), Muhammad Ali's best friend and favorite photographer, contends that the former heavyweight champ's greatest legacy is that, owing to his conversion to the Nation of Islam and subsequent refusal to enter the military during the Vietnam War, Ali served as a touchstone for the racial and antiwar upheavals that rocked the Sixties and changed our country. Bingham offers a friendly portrayal of the conscientious objector/Black Muslim minister Ali but doesn't beyond a shadow of a doubt answer the question of whether his motives for evading the draft were self-serving, racial, or religious--though it is easy to imagine that at the least they might have evolved from the former to the latter. One cannot deny Ali's influence on his times, though. And neither can one deny that, whatever his motives for refusing military service, he paid a great price by being banned from boxing for three and a half years during his prime. While not "The Greatest," as its subject proclaimed himself, Bingham's book deserves a place in the sports collections of most public libraries. With a foreword by Ali himself, this book ably supplements the Hauser and Remnick biographies.
-Jim G. Burns, Ottumwa P.L., IA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

The son of a minister and Pullman porter, Howard L. Bingham was the first black photographer to work on a Hollywood Camera Guild crew. His long-time friendship with Muhammad Ali led to the publication of a definitive book of photographs of the fighter, Muhammad Ali: A Thirty Year Journey.

Max Wallace is a Canadian journalist, filmmaker, and human rights activist.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: M. Evans & Company; Reprint edition (December 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590772083
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590772089
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Other than a couple of minor factual errors (Sonny Liston bowed out of their second fight in the 7th round, not the 8th), this is a great book, filled with the best information and inside accounts I've ever seen about Ali and I've read just about all of them.
It even blows away a few myths that I've always believed because they are repated by one writer after another.
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I have to confess that at the time Ali took his stand against the Vietnam War, I didn't agree with him. I even thought he was being disloyal to his country.
But time proved that he was right and I was misguided and I have to give him credit for being a prophet. In hindsight, he was unbelievably brave to risk it all for his principles.
This book really captures that era, the turmoil and the conflicting emotions of a generation over the war. It also presents a whole new, incredibly interesting side to Muhammad Ali. He was so much more than a boxer. He was a rebel, a visionary and a man of passion.
There's so much in this book that I did not know. Ali not only had to fight the white establishment when he opposed the war but he also angered the black establishment, most of whom supported the war even though poor blacks were being killed in much higher numbers than whites. Even Martin Luther King wouldn't come out against the war until after Ali shamed him into it. Very interesting book.
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I ordered this book after Rich Hoffman of the Philadelphia Daily News called it one of the two best books ever written about Muhammad Ali (along with the Tomas Hauser oral history published ten years ago).
He was right. This is the best book I've ever written about The Greatest. It has all kinds of inside information and stuff about the political Ali. Really makes you appreciate what he did for his country by speaking out and almost going to jail.
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By far the most interesting book about Ali to date. Remnick's bio was better at capturing Ali's early personality but this has incredible stuff about the non-boxing Ali, the Ali who put everything on the line for what he believed in and risked going to jail rather than go to war for an immoral cause. The section on Ali's relationship with Malcolm X is worth the price of the book in itself. I never knew that stuff. The writing is superb and its dramatic flair grabs your attention throughout.
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Muhammad Ali's five-year battle with authorities began in 1966 when he refused induction into the Army as a conscientious objector. The resulting conflict would strip him from his boxing championship and nearly send him to prison at the peak of his boxing career. Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight charts his stand, struggles with the government, and civil rights relationships of the times, examining both his life and decision. An important, revealing focus.
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Great book. I recommend it pretty highly. I really admire Ali now.
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Wow, finally a book that gives more than the usual boxing cliches about Ali. This book tells about the other side of Ali, the crusader for justice who took an incredibly courageous stand against the Vietnam War and risked going to prison for his beliefs.
The average boxing fan probably won't like it because it doesn't talk much about Ali as a boxer but rather gives us some political insights that most boxing fans are probably too conservative or apolitical to appreciate.
It's a truly fascinating book, very well written and it explodes a lot of the myths about Ali because it is co-wriiten by Ali's best friend Howard Bingham, one of the only people who knows what really happened. Read this book!
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Just finished this book and I learned a whole lot I didn't know about Ali. I just saw a documentary on PBS that covered some of this territory but the book is chock filled with interesting anecdotes and inside accounts that really show Ali in a different light than the way he's usually portrayed. The book compares Ali and his social conscience to Michael Jordan and his greed. But i would have liked to have heard what Ali himself thinks of this comparison.
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