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Muhammad Ali has long book and film appeal

A partial list of recent Ali titles can keep an avid reader busy.

“Blood Brothers,” co-written by Smith and Randy Roberts, was published in 2016, as was “Muhammad Ali: A Memoir” by talk show host and frequent Ali interviewer Michael Parkinson. In 2017 came Leigh Montville’s “Sting Like a Bee”, which followed controversy over the fighter holding the US government on her military draft status, and “Ali”, a comprehensive biography of journalist Jonathan Eig. Stuart Cosgrove’s “Cassius X: The Transformation of Muhammad Ali” appeared last year.

And those are just books.

In addition to the films released this year, actor Michael B. Jordan is developing an Ali series with Amazon Studios, and a scripted series based on “Blood Brothers” is in development.

For sports fans and Ali lovers, there is no shame in failing to keep up the pace. Even those who make their living at the crossroads of boxing and black history can feel overwhelmed.

“I’m always shocked to see something out there, and I always think, How do you tell something new?” Moore said. “I’m just going to give it a break, but I feel compelled. I eventually have to watch documentaries. I’m pretty engrossed in books, but there’s always a new book.”

But experts also understand why Ali’s life made for compelling books and documentaries.

The first half of the fighter’s career featured a series of personal reinventions, ranging from a gold medalist to a trash-talking heavyweight contender, to a world champion with a black nationalist religious sect who refused to fight in the Vietnam War. Was. His membership in the Nation of Islam put him at odds with civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. His opposition to the war in Vietnam later made him an ally. Those turning points, says Smith, have helped modern audiences process a frightening time in American history.

“He is a prism for understanding American history,” Smith said. “Ali is unique as an athlete because he didn’t just reflect American society. He shaped discourse around race and rebellion and religion and war. So he has this enduring significance.”

Moore discovered another new invention on March 8, 1971, when Joe Frazier defeated Ali in the final round of his historic title match. Research from Moore’s newspaper archives showed that most predominantly white dailies up until the Frazier battle still referred to Ali as Cassius Clay, but changed to Ali after some time—satisfied, says Moore. that Ali had become humble.

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