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The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X

The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965)

by Malcolm X, Alex Haley

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They said everybody should read this book. They were right. Review at https://odonnellweb.com/pelican/malcolmx.html ( )
  chrisodva | Feb 16, 2019 |
A critically important book about American history and anthropology. This young man was an amazing part of our culture. His pointed message, easily misunderstood, was necessary, overdue and painfully true. Everyone should be exposed to this story as it is one under whose shadow we continue to live, with intermittent steps backward. Malcolm was incredibly intelligent and hard working, even when he was in his dark times. He was learned without formal education. He was eloquent and insightful without formal training, and frankly, without good role modeling. This book moved me on multiple planes. ( )
  DonaldPowell | Feb 5, 2019 |
Really badly formatted. Some words joinedtogether, some paragraphs split in the middle of a sentence. ( )
  scottkirkwood | Dec 4, 2018 |
Absolutely fascinating man, with a fascinating life.

This book is history, but also a journey of an exeptionally bright black man through the worst mud to the height of influence. He taught African Americans to value and carry themselves as equals, to stand up for themselves, to identify with their African roots. His influence in awakening black pride cannot be overstated.

His journey is incredible. He recounts his years as a "hustler", how his mind was shallow, always focused on the next job, the next hit of dope, his considerable talents wasted away a sea of other hustlers, always conning, exploiting another hustler or poor working man, (or woman, which was way worse), keeping each other poor and fighting each other. The background of a bustling, crime-ridden, conked Roxbury, Harlem, well-known musicians of the time, the moral terpitude of white men seeking forbidden pleasures in the black ghetto, is rich, mesmerizing, candid, in a way only an insider can describe it.

His prison years bring his salvation, in the form of Islam, and books. I was astonished at the list of books he read and the breadth of knowledge and education in his later discourses - he taught himself all in prison!

The entirety of the book is infused with Malcolm X's hot anger against the white man, whom he calls the devil. He blames society and the racism and brainwashing by the "devil" for the suffering of blacks in America. He responds unashamedly to white racism with black racism - he advocates Elijah Muhammad's teachings that blacks are the original race and are superior, and that blacks should create their own, separate nation from whites. This was branded as "militant" and was in contradiction with the nonviolent civil rights movement lead by Dr. Martin Luther King.

Malcolm X was a fiery preacher and was responsible for a huge expansion of Elijah Muhammad's Nation of Islam. He was unquestioningly devoted to Elijah Muhammad, yet it was inevitable that the charisma of Malcolm would lead to a split. Ironically, this enabled Malcolm to see the faults in the Nation of Islam's teachings. He went to a pilgrimage to Mecca, where he saw people of all colors united in their faith - and realizing that skin color is not what divides people, but their attitudes. He came back and dropped the racist stance against all whites, advocating for a world where all are equal as humans, regardless of their race. Unfortunately just as he came to embrace an all-inclusive vision, he was gunned down by those very haters he have abandoned.

He was larger than, life, in Haley's words, "the most electric personality I have ever met". This book captures that. Engrossing and true. ( )
1 vote Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
What a book to read given what is going on in Ferguson, MO. I was about 1/2 way through this autobiography when the murder of that young man took place. For those of you who have read this book, you will recall (I'm sure) that the middle section of the book is page after page of "white devils" and the evils (no redemption possible) of white society. I surely wish I had been reading this book with a group to discuss my emotional register throughout this book. I had a real hard time with Malcolm X's hatred (yes, I'll use the word hate) of women and found myself really struggling to keep moving forward with his story. Where I ultimately found peace is in the afterword, written by Alex Haley, wherein he discusses a wider picture of Malcolm X and even sheds some light on what a difficult (yet irresistibly intriguing) fella he was.
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  ambersnowpants | Aug 23, 2018 |
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X, Malcolmprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Haley, Alexmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Davis, OssiePost-scriptsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Handler, M. S.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sükösd MihályTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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When my mother was pregnant with me, she told me later, a party of hooded Ku Klux Klan riders galloped up to our home in Omaha, Nebraska, one night.
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In the searing pages of this classic autobiography, originally published in 1964, Malcolm X, the Muslim leader, firebrand, and anti-integrationist, tells the extraordinary story of his life and the growth of the Black Muslim movement. His fascinating perspective on the lies and limitations of the American Dream, and the inherent racism in a society that denies its nonwhite citizens the opportunity to dream, gives extraordinary insight into the most urgent issues of our own time. The Autobiography of Malcolm X stands as the definitive statement of a movement and a man whose work was never completed but whose message is timeless. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand America.
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Malcolm X's searing memoir belongs on the small shelf of great autobiographies. The reasons are many: the blistering honesty with which he recounts his transformation from a bitter, self-destructive petty criminal into an articulate political activist, the continued relevance of his militant analysis of white racism, and his emphasis on self-respect and self-help for African Americans. And there's the vividness with which he depicts black popular culture--try as he might to criticize those lindy hops at Boston's Roseland dance hall from the perspective of his Muslim faith, he can't help but make them sound pretty wonderful. These are but a few examples. The Autobiography of Malcolm X limns an archetypal journey from ignorance and despair to knowledge and spiritual awakening. When Malcolm tells coauthor Alex Haley, "People don't realize how a man's whole life can be changed by one book," he voices the central belief underpinning every attempt to set down a personal story as an example for others. Although many believe his ethic was directly opposed to Martin Luther King Jr.'s during the civil rights struggle of the '60s, the two were not so different. Malcolm may have displayed a most un-Christian distaste for loving his enemies, but he understood with King that love of God and love of self are the necessary first steps on the road to freedom. --Wendy Smith

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The Black leader discusses his political philosophy and reveals details of his life, shedding light on the ideas that enabled him to gain the allegiance of a still growing percentage of the Black population.

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Penguin Australia

2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141185430, 0141032723

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