First let me state that Leigh Montville is one of my favorite writers. His biographies on Babe Ruth and Ted Williams are first rate. Perhaps it's because I'm not a boxing fan and that I found much of this book on Muhammad Ali to be regarding courtroom decisions. This book is not a biography on the life of Ali but concentrates on the years 1966--1971 where Ali went up against the United States regarding his status as a Muslim. His controversial remark stating he doesn't have anything against the Vietcong became memorable when he declined to be drafted into the United States army. I remember one of his poems which is not mentioned in the book which went "I'll answer the bell against Ernie Terrell but don't ring the gong for a fight with the Cong." I confess to getting bogged down with the book and skimming parts of it.
Author Lee Montville did a masterful job in researching his subject and for that he rates five stars. However, I can only rate it regarding the interest level that it had for me. The book contain an epilogue of twelve pages summing up what subsequently happened in the lives of the principal characters in the book.