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Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X

Children's Books / Juvenile Nonfiction / People & Places / United States / African American & Black

Date de parution: October 3rd 2023

Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X

The Fatal Friendship (A Young Readers Adaptation of Blood Brothers)

Discover the remarkable relationship between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X, and how their bond affected the movement for Black pride and independence in the 1960s in this nonfiction book for young readers.

Freshly adapted for young readers, this in-depth portrait showcases the complex bond between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X, revealing how Malcolm helped mold Cassius Clay into Muhammad Ali and influenced his rise as an international symbol of Black pride and Black independence. Yet when Malcolm was expelled from the Nation of Islam for criticizing the conduct of its leader, Elijah Muhammad, Ali turned his back on Malcolm, a choice that some believe tragically contributed to the minister's assassination in February 1965.

Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X is the story of how Ali redefined what it means to be a Black athlete in America, informed by Malcolm's leadership. An extraordinary portrait of love, friendship, and power as well as deceit and betrayal, here is a window into the public and private lives of two national icons, and the tumultuous period in the American Civil Rights Movement that they helped to shape.
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Regular Price $18.99

Regular Price $23.99 CAD

Page Count: 240

ISBN-13: 9780316478854

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Praise for Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X:

"Effectively shows how the intersection of these two magnetic personalities added powerful and complicating dimensions to their lives and the world around them. The tenor and tone of the period clearly come through, thanks to the extensive research and engaging prose. An important volume for understanding a volatile time in U.S. history." 
 —Kirkus Reviews
"This well-crafted narrative ... provides context and in-depth insight into the real people dealing with real issues during the complicated Civil Rights Movement. While this title could easily be purchased by libraries for their nonfiction collection, it could also be used for in-class book studies in both history and English classes."
 —School Library Journal
"The text provides ample historical and social context [and] creates insightful profiles of both men. . . .will help teens sort through this period's various allegiances and influences, and the promised back matter should interest researchers."
"The authors capture both the remarkable public presence of each man and their vulnerability in a country where the framework of segregation was a barrier to their safety and success. An admiring, respectful presentation of their time as young stars."—BCCB
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