My Brother, Muhammad Ali

The Definitive Biography
Rowman & Littlefield. Oct. 2020.. 384p. ISBN 9781538142448. $26.95. SPORTS

Since his death in 2016, boxing great Muhammad Ali has been the subject of biographies by several friends and family members. Rahman Ali, his younger brother and a former heavyweight himself, along with sportswriter Rafiq now present intimate memories of an infamous man. Muhammad Ali's childhood in Louisville, KY; boxing career; Muslim faith; and years in retirement are all described fully, as are the many myths and legends surrounding him—some confirmed, others debunked. Of special interest is a thorough account of Ali's reaction to being drafted during the Vietnam War, a provocative stand that brought him further into mainstream culture. The lifelong connection between the two brothers allows the author to differentiate between Ali’s private and public personas. His exclusive observations make this an important account of Ali’s life for fans of "The Greatest," and all readers who want to learn more about one of the 20th century's most successful, polarizing, and, ultimately, beloved public figures.

VERDICT The only sibling of Ali brings us into the boxer's inner circle with warmth and ease. This engaging biography of a complicated, charismatic, and larger-than-life figure is recommended for all public library collections.

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