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Redemption Song: Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties
By Mike Marqusee
Redemption Song: Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties (Verso)
Psychoanalytic Psychology

352 pages
ISBN: 9781786632425
February 2017
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When Muhammad Ali died, many mourned the life of the greatest sportsman the world had ever seen. In Redemption Song, Mike Marqusee argues that Ali was not only a boxer but a remarkable political figure in a decade of tumultuous change. Playful, popular, always confrontational, Ali refashioned the role of a political activist and was central, alongside figures such as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, to the black liberation and the anti-war movements.

About the Author

Mike Marqusee’s books include Wicked Messenger: Bob Dylan and the 1960s, War Minus the Shooting, Anyone but England and If I Am Not for Myself. He was a regular contributor to the Guardian and wrote a fortnightly column for the Indian newspaper The Hindu.


The largest independent radical publishing house in the English-speaking world, publishing 100 books a year. Launched at the end of the 1970s, Verso has published landmark titles by Tariq Ali, Benedict Anderson, Judith Butler, Noam Chomsky, Alexander Cockburn, Edward Said and Eric Hobsbawm, among many other leading lights of the Left. Their books cover a broad range of subject areas: historical sociology, cultural and literary theory, the history of slavery, economic and social theory, international relations, political theory and geography and capital.