Blood Brothers

Blood Brothers

The Fatal Friendship of Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X

Book - 2016
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Draws on previously untapped sources to illuminate the secret friendship and disastrous estrangement between Cassius Clay and Malcolm X, sharing insights into Malcolm's alleged role in shaping Clay's double life as a patriotic athlete and Islamic reformer.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [2016]
ISBN: 9780465079704
Branch Call Number: Biography 920 Rob
Additional Contributors: Smith, Johnny


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this a story of a friend who backed down when his friend was in great need. as Malcolm was being persecuted by Farrakhan and other Muslims, Ali stepped back, into the shadows. A word or two of support could have saved Malcolm's life.

Dec 18, 2016

Excellent book - well written, well researched and compelling story. This book is worth reading for the context in history it places these two iconic figures of American popular culture. The author gets to the essence of the two men evolving beyond the standard characters portrayed as icons of the '60s. It is through the influences of Malcom X's friendship and mentoring of the young Cassius Clay that we understand the emerging Muhammad Ali. Both men individually defied the constraints of Jim Crow Racism and briefly their lives intersected in history with their influence on each other affecting generations as well. I came away with a better understanding of what made both men so great, especially Malcom X's evolving into a leader that never really achieved his full potential.


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