the SOU L ofa BUTT ER FLY

Refleaions 011 LijeJs Journey

Muhammad Al i with Hana Yasmeen Al i

Photographs b y Howard Bingha m

Simon & Schuste r New York London Toronto Sydne y

To my parents Odessa and Cassius Clay, with love -Muhammad Ali

To my Guardian Angels. They know who they are. -Hana Yasmeen Ali

With my third wife, Veronica, and our daughters, Hana and Laila.

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A Letter to the World Introduction

The Early Years The Middle Years The Current Years In Troubled Times

Postscript Acknowledgments

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