Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X: The Fatal Friendship (A Young Readers Adaptation of Blood Brothers)



The American Civil Rights Movement had no shortage of epic speakers and prominent personalities. Two of the most recognizable names today did not always have a platform. But due to their charisma and personality, the world took notice. Both were famous for how they fought. One engaged people in the temples on the street. The other took to the ring. But both became symbols of Black pride and Black independence. One was Muhammad Ali, the outspoken heavyweight champion and Muslim convert. The other was Malcolm X, minister and leader of the Nation of Islam.

Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X: The Fatal Friendship is by professors and historians Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith. Written for young readers, this is an adaptation of their award-winning book Blood Brothers. With the help of Margeaux Weston, this historical look at a volatile time in U.S. history and two of the most controversial figures is clear, informative, and easy to understand.

Taking place in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Roberts and Smith shed light on the rise of both Ali and X, following the friendship the two had and up to their public downfalls. With our current climate of trying to hide much of American history, this book is a spotlight on a darker time.

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Book Author

Randy Roberts, Johnny Smith, Margeaux Weston






December 2023

Page Count

240 pages

Publication Date



Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

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