Sting Like A Bee
A new book from New York Times best-selling author Leigh Montville examines a crucial chapter in boxing legend and global icon Muhammad Ali’s life in a manner that’s never been addressed before in such detail.
Sting Like A Bee chronicles Ali’s refusal to join the military when he was drafted for the Vietnam War back in 1966. Centering on the cultural and political implications of the champ’s refusal, in part Ali citing religious reasons, Montville provides a round-by-round narrative of Ali’s court battles via Muhammad Ali vs. the United States of America.
From famous Ali quotes like, “Why be anxious to take me – a man who pays the salary of at least 200,000 men a year (through his tax payments)?” to “I don’t have no personal quarrel with those Viet Congs,” the author presents testimony from Ali’s high school teachers and other hometown Louisville, Kentucky, acquaintances who all are in agreement that, regardless of what one might think of his refusal to serve, there was no question about his sincerity.