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


Chapter One Louisville and the Lip
Chapter Two Those Who Came Before
Chapter Three A Modern Crusade
Chapter Four The Making of Muhammad Ali
Chapter Five I Aint Got No Quarrel with Them Vietcong
Chapter Six The Step
Chapter Seven Backlash
Chapter Eight Exile
Chapter Nine Return from the Wilderness
Chapter Ten Vindication

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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.

Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. was born in Louisville, Kentucky on January 17, 1942. He started boxing at the age of 12. He won a gold medal at the 1960 Olympics in Rome and became a three-time world heavyweight boxing champion. He rejected racial integration at the height of the civil rights movement, converted from Christianity to Islam, and changed his slave name Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, which was given to him by the Lost-Found Nation of Islam. On April 28, 1967, Ali refused to be drafted and requested conscientious-objector status. He was immediately stripped of his title by boxing commissions around the country. He did not fight again until three and a half years later. During his exile from the ring, he starred in a short-lived Broadway musical Buck White. After retiring from boxing in 1981, Ali made speeches emphasizing spirituality, peace and tolerance, and undertook quasi-diplomatic missions to Africa and Iraq. His life was the subject of a feature film starring Will Smith. In 2005, Ali received the Medal of Freedom. He suffered from Parkinson's disease for more than 30 years. He died of septic shock on June 3, 2016 at the age of 74.

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