Blood Brothers

  • by Randy Roberts, Johnny Smith
  • Narrated by David Drummond
  • 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1962, boxing writers and fans considered Cassius Clay an obnoxious self-promoter, and few believed that he would become the heavyweight champion of the world. But Malcolm X, the most famous minister in the Nation of Islam - a sect many white Americans deemed a hate cult - saw the potential in Clay, not just for boxing greatness but as a means of spreading the Nation's message. The two became fast friends, keeping their interactions secret from the press for fear of jeopardizing Clay's career. Clay began living a double life - a patriotic "good Negro" in public and a radical reformer behind the scenes. Soon, however, their friendship would sour, with disastrous and far-reaching consequences.
Based on previously untapped sources, from Malcolm's personal papers to FBI records, Blood Brothers is the first book to offer an in-depth portrait of this complex bond. Acclaimed historians Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith reconstruct the worlds that shaped Malcolm and Clay, from the boxing arenas and mosques to postwar New York and civil rights-era Miami.


What the Critics Say

"A page-turning tale from the 1960s about politics and sports and two proud, extraordinary men whose legacies endure." (Kirkus)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Interesting story

Littered with little known facts, this story drags along to its ultimate end. The author seems to mix these truths with his biased opinions.
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- Amazon Customer

this book cast Dark Shadows on to be loved figures

This book provided some insight and facts about these men's daily lives. It also projects evil motives and suggests their thoughts. Muhammad Ali is presented as an ignorant but shrewd performer. Malcolm X is presented as a manipulative man hungry for power. I do not ascribe to either these views.
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- Tammy j

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-08-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio