Muhammed Ali

Muhammed Ali is the subject of book by Jonathan Eig which chronicles the boxer’s toughest bouts, his social activism, and his sometimes chaotic personal life. We’ll talk with Eig about his book – the first comprehensive biography of Ali’s life. It will be published in paperback October 2nd.

On today’s Fresh Air, sports journalist Howard Bryant. He is a senior writer for ESPN.com, and ESPN the Magazine. He's also a correspondent for NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday.  His new book is The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism.  In light of the current debate over African-American athletes, like Colin Kaepernick, who refuse to stand for the national anthem, Bryant examines the long tradition of athlete-activism that goes back to Jackie Robinson, Bill Russell, Muhammed Ali and others.   Interview by Dave Davies.