The Dawn of a Dream
A Brother on a Mission
Muhammad and Malcolm
War and Condemnation
The Great Comeback
The Outdoor Adventures
Double Trouble at Camp Deer Lake
Murder, Mafia, and Mayhem
A Step Too Far
Facing Big George
“I’ll Fight Anyone”: The MMA Mistake
Reuniting the Beatles
The Soviet Union
Turning Over a New Leaf
The Final Bell
Another Day, Another Dollar
Fate: From Illness to Divorce
A New Voice
Becoming a Dad Again
A Gift of Giving
A Daughter’s Fight and the Fall of a Friend
Road to Heaven: A Life Worth Living
In Pursuit of a Better World
Rahaman Ali had a ringside seat for nearly all of his brother’s life…Yet despite the sheer volume of Ali books, Rahaman Ali succeeds in telling us things we didn’t already know about his brother, a man the Guinness Book of World Records decided in 1980 had surpassed Lincoln, Napoleon and Jesus Christ to become the most written-about figure in human history.
Arguably no one knew Muhammad Ali better than his brother, as Rahaman Ali proves in this astute account of the world boxing champion’s life . . . instead of milking the Champ’s well-worn myth and hype, Ali offers an intimate, bittersweet remembrance. This is a great addition to the literature about one of the 20th century’s towering figures.
[Ali and Rafiq] present intimate memories of an infamous man. Muhammad Ali’s childhood in Louisville, KY; boxing career; Muslim faith; and years in retirement are all described fully, as are the many myths and legends surrounding him—some confirmed, others debunked. Of special interest is a thorough account of Ali’s reaction to being drafted during the Vietnam War, a provocative stand that brought him further into mainstream culture. The lifelong connection between the two brothers allows the author to differentiate between Ali’s private and public personas. His exclusive observations make this an important account of Ali’s life for fans of “The Greatest,” and all readers who want to learn more about one of the 20th century’s most successful, polarizing, and, ultimately, beloved public figures. VERDICT The only sibling of Ali brings us into the boxer’s inner circle with warmth and ease.
From the foreword: I’ve known Rahaman personally for over five and a half decades. I don’t think there’s anyone who was closer to Muhammad than his own brother. I am delighted that Rahaman has written the definitive biography on his brother Muhammad Ali, who was more than merely the most fascinating sporting figure of modern times. He was a lover of human beings, a warrior for the fight against discrimination, and not only did this great heavyweight champion transcend boxing, but he transcended all sports. The Muhammad Ali story is an important part of history, and I can say, with great conviction, that his legacy will live on for a very long time . . . hopefully forever.
5/13/21: Journalist Elie Seckbach made a short video praising “My Brother, Muhammad Ali” for showing him things he did not know about Ali, despite him interviewing many people connected to the greatest boxer to have ever lived.
10/29/20: Book discussed on WABE Radio’s Closer Look with Rose Scott piece of Muhammad and Rahaman Ali.