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When Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali's friendship changed history: The new book 'Blood Brothers' explains

When Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali's friendship changed history: The new book 'Blood Brothers' explains

Time elides the complexity of icons. Almost 51 years after his death, Malcolm X has become a T-shirt superhero of African American militancy: Malcolm carrying a rifle, Malcolm "By any means necessary," one hand raised above his bespectacled face.

Muhammad Ali's longer life and genius for self-creation has allowed him more roles, all equally oversimplified. There's brash Cassius Clay a.k.a. the Louisville Lip, fast-talking and self-described as "pretty," jabbing circles around more stolid heavyweights; political Ali refusing induction into the Army during the Vietnam War with "I ain't got no quarrel with them Viet Cong"; "Rope-a-dope" Ali...

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