Synopses & Reviews
Shortlisted for the 1999 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award and voted one of the twenty-five 'Books to Remember 2000' by the New York Public Library.
In this timely antidote tro the apolitical celebration of Muhammad Ali as 'a great American', Mike Marqusee puts the great boxer back in his true historical context too 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'.
"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.Fascinating, well-written, entertaining and significant. Redemption Songprovides rare and important insights into Muhammad Ali and his immense global impact on a turbulent and ground-breaking era. -- Leon Gast
As Marquseecharts how Ali helped create a global consciousness, he succeeds inknocking Ali off the respectable pedestal on which American culture hadplaced him, resurrecting him as the radical figure he truly was ... avibrant historical essay.A thrilling book about a true and enduring hero ... Mike Marqusee has done him, and us, proud. -- John Pilger
A beautiful book. --Arundhati Roy
Excellent ... Reminds us just how explosive and divisive a figure Ali was.
New edition: A new afterword considers Ali and his legacy in light of the war on terror and new connotations of Islam and the West.
About the Author
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.