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Malcolm X Speaks: Selected Speeches and Statements (edition 1994)

by Malcolm X (Author), George Breitman (Editor)

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Speeches from the last year of Malcolm X's life through which readers can follow the evolution of his views on racism, U.S. intervention in the Congo and Vietnam, capitalism, socialism, political action, and more. "To understand this remarkable man, one must turn to Malcolm X Speaks.… All but one of the speeches were made in those last eight tumultuous months of his life after his break with the Black Muslims when he was seeking a new path. In their pages one can begin to understand his power as a speaker and to see, more clearly than in the Autobiography [of Malcolm X], the political legacy he left his people in its struggle for full emancipation … [This book] will have a permanent place in the literature of the Afro-American struggle."-I.F. Stone in New York Review of Books"Formidably articulate, especially in terms of international political analysis…. [W]hat made Malcolm X dangerous-in the eyes and ears of the Federal Bureau of Investigation-was his cogent critique of not just violent white racism, but of U.S. imperialism, and his ability to connect both practices."-Globe and Mail, CanadaForeword, eight-page photo section, index.… (more)
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Title:Malcolm X Speaks: Selected Speeches and Statements
Authors:Malcolm X (Author)
Other authors:George Breitman (Editor)
Info:Grove Press (1994), Edition: Reprint, 240 pages
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Regardless of what I think about Malcolm X the man or the activist, this is an invaluable collection of speeches, interviews, and historical narrative that traces the evolution of his thought in his last year, maybe his most dynamic in terms of personal and political growth. While the speeches toward the end get repetitive, the first several are sharp, articulate, and nearly jump off the page with an angry energy. Several times while reading I wished I had been able to see him speak just once, but I suppose I'll have to content myself with any available recordings.

In his later speeches, beginning with the address to the African nations, one can see his idealism getting the better of him. After the discussion with Gary Hall, you are left wondering how rational Malcolm was (versus delusional) in his assessment of the popularity and chances of his own movement. The book doesn't really answer these questions, but it provides a great jumping off point to further research. And even if you determine, as I did, that Malcolm's ideas about communism, Africa, China, and history were simplistic and naive, you have to marvel at the discipline and determination required to educate himself out of his ignorant gangsterhood into a learned and eloquent human rights spokesman. ( )
  blake.rosser | Jul 28, 2013 |
Worth reading.
  Hanuman2 | Dec 16, 2007 |
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Speeches from the last year of Malcolm X's life through which readers can follow the evolution of his views on racism, U.S. intervention in the Congo and Vietnam, capitalism, socialism, political action, and more. "To understand this remarkable man, one must turn to Malcolm X Speaks.… All but one of the speeches were made in those last eight tumultuous months of his life after his break with the Black Muslims when he was seeking a new path. In their pages one can begin to understand his power as a speaker and to see, more clearly than in the Autobiography [of Malcolm X], the political legacy he left his people in its struggle for full emancipation … [This book] will have a permanent place in the literature of the Afro-American struggle."-I.F. Stone in New York Review of Books"Formidably articulate, especially in terms of international political analysis…. [W]hat made Malcolm X dangerous-in the eyes and ears of the Federal Bureau of Investigation-was his cogent critique of not just violent white racism, but of U.S. imperialism, and his ability to connect both practices."-Globe and Mail, CanadaForeword, eight-page photo section, index.

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