Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight: Cassius Clay Vs. the United States of America

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2000 - Sports & Recreation - 271 pages
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In 1966, Muhammad Ali announced his intention to refuse induction into the United States Army as a conscientious objector. This set off a five-year battle that would strip him of his world heavyweight title, bar him from boxing, and nearly send him to prison - all at the peak of his career as the greatest boxer in history.
 

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User Review  - foof2you - LibraryThing

The story I thought I knew until I read the book! A fascinating look at this period of American History and how Ali came back to regain his heavyweight title. From hero to goat to hero a remarkable story. Read full review

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User Review  - GaryLeeJones - LibraryThing

This is a conversational general reader's account of Ali's experiences before, during, and after his refusal to submit to induction into the US armed forces during the Vietnam War era. His reasons ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword
9
Chapter One Louisville and the Lip
11
Chapter Two Those Who Came Before
29
Chapter Three A Modern Crusade
51
Chapter Four The Making of Muhammad Ali
79
Chapter Five I Aint Got No Quarrel with Them Vietcong
103
Chapter Six The Step
133
Chapter Seven Backlash
161
Chapter Eight Exile
183
Chapter Nine Return from the Wilderness
209
Chapter Ten Vindication
237
Afterword
251
Acknowledgments
261
Sources
263
Index
269
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Howard Lenoid Bingham was born in Jackson, Mississippi on May 29, 1939. He attended Compton Community College and was hired as a photographer by The Los Angeles Sentinel. He was fired after 18 months for spending too much time on his own photographing weddings and other events. He became a freelance photographer who took pictures of Muhammad Ali, photographed the Black Panthers for Life and riots in various cities for Life magazine, and covered the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968. He also worked for Time, Ebony, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated. He published several books of photographs including Muhammad Ali: A Thirty-Year Journey and Howard L. Bingham's Black Panthers 1968. He died on December 15, 2016 at the age of 77.

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