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The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965)

by Malcolm X, Alex Haley

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Biography & Autobiography. Religion & Spirituality. African American Nonfiction. Nonfiction. HTML:ONE OF TIMES TEN MOST IMPORTANT NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

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.

Praise for The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Extraordinary . . . a brilliant, painful, important book.The New York Times

This book will have a permanent place in the literature of the Afro-American struggle.I. F. Stone.
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He is so cool ( )
  milanagt | Sep 27, 2023 |
Only wishing Malcolm X didn't consider women traps and as objects for men to control for so much of his life.
  fleshed | Jul 16, 2023 |
Amazing autobiography, well worth the hype, and deserving of it's status of one of the best books of all time. I struggled a bit with the first half of it, with his time hustling on the streets, and up until going to prison.

His transformation in prison though, was incredible. Malcom's journey of spirituality and self-education was incredible. I also found his story on his Hajj to Mecca was particularly beautiful as well. Realizing that racial division is purely a social construct, and can be optional. Experiencing brotherhood with white people was something he was truly affected by, and changed his outlook entirely.

At the end of the book, he kind of just rambles about random philosophies he has with regards to fixing racism in America, and his plans for the future, and certain outlooks on life, and it's just incredible. I wanted that last part to go on forever, simply so much wisdom there to consume.

Tonnns of favorite quotes from this book:

“I’ve had enough of someone else’s propaganda… I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.”

“Hence I have no mercy or compassion in me for a society that will crush people, and then penalize them for not being able to stand up under the weight.”

“Don't condemn if you see a person has a dirty glass of water, just show them the clean glass of water that you have. When they inspect it, you won't have to say that yours is better."

“I certainly wasn't seeking any degree, the way a college confers a status symbol upon its students. My homemade education gave me, with every additional book that I read, a little bit more sensitivity to the deafness, dumbness and blindness that was afflicting the black race in America. Not long ago, an English writer telephoned me, asking questions. One was, "What's your alma mater?" I told him, "Books.” ( )
  Andjhostet | Jul 4, 2023 |
Of dubious authenticity as it was published 8 months after Shabazz was assassinated, and the author, Alex Haley, has been widely accused of plagiarism and/or fabrication. In some instances, these accusations have been proven. The most relevant instance involves an interview with MLK, Jr., which was conducted shortly before Shabazz's assassination and was published shortly afterwards. Haley was proven to have completely fabricated a statement, attributed to King, describing Shabazz as dangerous. The discrepancy between the transcript and the published interview was discovered after Haley's death by MLK, Jr. biographer Jonathan Eig.
  Mamagen | Jun 21, 2023 |
The world is poorer for not having gotten to see where Malcolm X's evolution as an activist and intellectual would have taken him next.

I also think he was definitely still presenting an image in his book, and I would like to find a good biography vs autobiography. Preferably one that does not rely heavily on Alex Haley reporting, given recent revelations that Haley fabricated the Martin Luther King Jr quote calling Malcolm X "fiery" and "demagogic." Given that the Autobiography of Malcolm X was published posthumously, can we be sure Malcolm X really did approve what was written? ( )
  g33kgrrl | Jun 17, 2023 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
X, Malcolmprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Haley, Alexmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Browne, Roscoe LeeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davis, OssiePost-scriptsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fishburne, Laurencesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Handler, M. S.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Morton, JoeReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sükösd MihályTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shabazz, AttallahForewordsecondary 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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Biography & Autobiography. Religion & Spirituality. African American Nonfiction. Nonfiction. HTML:ONE OF TIMES TEN MOST IMPORTANT NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

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.

Praise for The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Extraordinary . . . a brilliant, painful, important book.The New York Times

This book will have a permanent place in the literature of the Afro-American struggle.I. F. Stone.

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Penguin Australia

2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141185430, 0141032723

 

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