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 to the apolitical celebration of Muhammad Ali as 'a great American', Mike Marqusee puts the boxer back in his true historical context to 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'.
Mike Marqusee was born in the United States and emigrated to Britain in 1971. He is a writer, political activist and the author of several path-breaking books on the politics of popular culture including Chimes of Freedom: Bob Dylan and the 1960s and Anyone but England: An Outsider Looks at English Cricket.