Number 2 on my book list to read in 2014. (may or may not be read as numbered)
To get a full picture of what Ali had to endure and the character of the man who had to endure it, to understand the importance of his resistance to the Vietnam War to igniting the fledgling anti-war movement, you should read this book and see two documentaries. Watch Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight. This film is based on the book Ali’s Greatest Fight. I suggest watching the film first and then reading the book.
The second film is The Trials of Muhammad Ali. You may want to see this one last or have read some of the book before seeing it. This film documents not only the legal Ali’s case, but also the role race and religion played in shaping his thinking about the Vietnam War and how his faith gave him the guidance and strength to persevere through what he saw as a test of faith.
Both films are available on Itunes and Amazon.
1. Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 1968
2. Ali’s Greatest Fight – Finished last week of February
Bingham, Howard L., Wallace, Max and Ali, Muhammad, 2012
3. The Sixth Extinction
Elizabeth Kolbert, 2014
4. My Ishmael: A Sequel
Daniel Quinn, 1998
5. Their Eyes Were Watching God
Zora Neale Hurston, 1937
6. Blues People: Negro Music in White America
Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones), 1963
7. 12 Years a Slave
8. The Art of Waging Peace: A Strategic Approach to Improving Our Lives and the World
Paul K. Chappell, 2014