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'Sting Like a Bee' explores Ali's struggle after refusing draft — plus more sports book reviews

"Sting Like a Bee" by Leigh Montville, Doubleday, 368 pages, $30 Few, if any, athletes lived a bigger life than Muhammad Ali. Leigh Montville, who has written best-selling biographies of larger-than-life figures Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Dale Earnhardt, decided to focus in squarely on a critical part of Ali's life when he was a polarizing political figure. During a time when the Vietnam War ...

"Sting Like a Bee" by Leigh Montville, Doubleday, 368 pages, $30

Few, if any, athletes lived a bigger life than Muhammad Ali. Leigh Montville, who has written best-selling biographies of larger-than-life figures Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Dale Earnhardt, decided to focus in squarely on a critical part of Ali's life when he was a polarizing political figure. During a time when the Vietnam War divided the country, Ali changed his name from

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