Original Wraps. The Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, 1992. First Edition. Fine.
Signed and inscribed by Ali to the front cover, additionally signed by Ali's associate. Original printed wrappers. A small abrasion to the lower rear wrapper, else fine. Muhammad Ali (1942-2016) was an American heavyweight boxing champion and social activist known for his strong religious and political convictions in addition to his record-breaking career as a boxer. Born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., Ali began his professional career in 1960, and by 1963 had a record of 19-0, including 15 wins by knockout. It was during this time that he changed his name and joined the Nation of Islam, a political and religious movement dedicated to improving the social, spiritual, and economic lives of African Americans, led by Elijah Muhammad and including other prominent followers like Malcom X. In 1967, Ali refused enlistment into the military on religious grounds, famously stating his opposition to the Vietnam War and the white establishment, a move that led to a felony conviction and a three-year boxing hiatus. In 1975, Ali renounced the Nation of Islam, who were against integration, and aligned himself with Sunni Islam, speaking out in support of racial integration. Notably, Ali's platform as a prominent sports figure and outspoken advocate for equality positioned him as an influential voice in the civil rights movement, and he would continue to be regarded as an icon of athletic achievement and social justice until his death in 2016.