Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixities
By Mike Marqusee
(Verso, Paperback, 9781844675272, 326pp.)
Publication Date: July 17, 2005
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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In this timely antidote to the apolitical celebration of Muhammad Ali as ‘a great American’, Mike Marqusee puts the great boxer back in his true historical context, to explore a crucial moment at the crossroads of popular culture and mass resistance. And, in a new afterword for this second edition, he reflects on Ali’s legacy in the era of the ‘war on terror’.
Mike Marqusee‘s books include Wicked Messenger: Bob Dylan and the 1960s, Redemption Song: Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties, War Minus the Shooting, Anyone but England and If I Am Not for Myself. He is a regular contributor to the Guardian and writes a fortnightly column for the Indian newspaper The Hindu. He lives in London.
“A beautiful book.”—Arundhati Roy
“Among the slew of recent Ali books, here’s one that returns the political sting to ‘The Greatest’ ... As Marqusee portrays him, Ali is still the righteous outlaw, as badass as ever and still in the eye of a global storm.”—Time Out New York
“Fascinating, well-written, entertaining and significant. Redemption Song provides rare and important insights into Muhammad Ali and his immense global impact on a turbulent and ground-breaking era.”—Leon Gast
“As Marqusee charts how Ali helped create a global consciousness, he succeeds in knocking Ali off the respectable pedestal on which American culture had placed him, resurrecting him as the radical figure he truly was ... a vibrant historical essay.”—Publishers Weekly
“A thrilling book about a true and enduring hero ... Mike Marqusee has done him, and us, proud.”—John Pilger
“Excellent ... Reminds us just how explosive and divisive a figure Ali was.”—Independent on Sunday