Autobiography of Malcolm X

Autobiography of Malcolm X

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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 autobiography seemed to offer something different. His repeated acts of self-creation spoke to me; the blunt poetry of his words, his unadorned insistence on respect, promised a new and uncompromising order, martial in its discipline, forged through sheer force of will." --Barack Obama, Dreams from My Father

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

"A great book . . . Its dead level honesty, its passion, its exalted purpose, will make it stand as a monument to the most painful truth." -- The Nation

"The most important book I'll ever read, it changed the way I thought, it changed the way I acted. It has given me courage I didn't know I had inside me. I'm one of hundreds of thousands whose lives were changed for the better." --Spike Lee

"This book will have a permanent place in the literature of the Afro-American struggle." --I. F. Stone
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1992
Edition: 1st Ballantine Books ed
ISBN: 9780345376718
Branch Call Number: PBK Classics X
Additional Contributors: Haley, Alex


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NWPL Mar 31, 2018

The opening chapter is a searing depiction of the effects of racism and poverty. From there, follow Malcolm X's personal development into a powerful advocate for human rights.

List - Good Reads about Inequality
NWPL Nov 03, 2014

The opening chapter is a searing depiction of the effects of racism and poverty. From there, follow Malcolm X's personal development into a powerful advocate for human rights.

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Jul 13, 2019

A fascinating insight into one of the most passionate and honest men who fought for the human rights of the African- American Community at the height of the Civil Rights area. A man who can be seen as strange and abrasive, yet his reasons for those attitudes are clearly justified with the experiences he had as a child and young man. Everyone should read this book, as it reminds us how humans can treat one another terribly if we begin to think of ourselves more highly than others. Malcolm displays an attitude of selflessness that makes him a hero of the twentieth century.

May 01, 2018

You'll either love or hate this book - no in-betweens. It is equal parts inspiring and infuriating. This book is not so much about Malcolm X himself as it is a critique of American society. While one may agree with his diagnosis, his solution - a separate black nation state - would not only have been impractical but impossible to achieve as no state would cede a square inch of its territory. The book is disturbing on a couple of counts. Malcolm praises Billy Graham but has nothing but scorn for Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers and Martin Luther King - in fact the latter is inferenced throughout but not mentioned by name until the very last chapter. The author was also anti-Semitic and proudly so, stating Israel had no right to exist. Whatever you may think about the man, this is one book you'll find hard to forget.

Feb 13, 2018

Best (auto)biography I’ve read.
His short life was uniquely fascinating, no one could produce such dense and rich materials.
A “violent” read, I was well spent more than several if I wish to save the drowned or win the debate. But “Icarus” and “Out” gained me equanimity. “Mecca” nearly converted me.
I wonder his approach may work out better (thinking Mao’s China finally gaining dominance). When would there be another hero like him rising up from ghetto to save the black themselves?
I feel his assassination was nation’s bigger loss than JFK’s. The modern landscape could be very different due to his longevity. Besides, a biography inclusive of his maturity as a politician and sage, would be even more glorious, and more controversial as well.

Dec 28, 2017

Great intro by MS Handler.
Interesting subject. Malcolm X died before I was born, so my knowledge of him came from romanticized notions. This book straightened that out, which sounds like is how he would prefer to be remembered.
Two take-aways: His self-education in prison is inspiring. Near the end of his life, his willingness to change his staunch views is admirable.

Jul 12, 2017

I read 'The Autobiography of Malcolm X' in 8th grade for a class reading and fell in love with vivid imaging throughout the book. Being from Chicago I can relate to a lot of stuff brother Malcolm has experienced throughout his lifetime. Not only have I read it in 8th grade, I read the book whenever I need inspiration in school. Great read!

Sep 30, 2016

Talk about pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps, this man accomplished that and much more. This book talks about his rise from common street hustler to becoming an icon in this country.

Jun 13, 2016

A captivating tale, and a must-read for those interested in human-rights

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

Malcolm X's story is truly original and inspiring. Not only was Malcolm X a powerful force, but he was a person who went through significant transformation in his life, over and again, and this is what makes him most impressive. Witnessing the confused youth he had been, the minister he was, and the humble servant of the people he ultimately became proves that a person, with the right mentality and encouragement, can change.

redban Nov 18, 2014

Fascinating autobiography of a transformation, makes you really wonder where Malcolm X's ideas would be had he lived longer.

lou687 Jun 28, 2013

Hard to read, but good.

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"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." Chp 19


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