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4.0 out of 5 stars I ain't got no quarrel with this book., 23 Jun. 2000
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This review is from: Redemption Song: Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties (Paperback)
This is yet another excellent book on The Greatest, and one that deserves more coverage than has been given in the press. Marqusee uses three sixties icons - Ali, Dylan and Malcolm X - to illustrate the confusion and unrest that occurred during this tumultuous decade and he has suceeded in producing a thoughtful and insightful interpretative biography.
To Marqusee, Malcolm X exerted a tremendous influence on the young Ali, more so than even the Champ admitted and it is this focus that gives Redemption Song much of its verve. The section where Malcolm, expelled from the Nation of Islam, became a pariah to one of his close friends and heroes is particularly heartbreaking and relatively critical of Ali, which is a rarity in writing on the man.
Marqusee also encourages the reader to link the story of Dylan's flight from politics to existentialism to Ali's increasing politicisation, which is another tremendous achievement. In addition, there are pieces on the importance of the African independence movements and how they affected Ali's world view, and a wary coda that establishes Ali's central role in the rise of Don King.
All in all, an excellent work.
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