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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (1 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141185430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141185439
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Extraordinary . . . a brilliant, painful, important book (New York Times) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Malcolm X was assassinated in 1965.

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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. Read the first page
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Craig Mansfield on 27 Jan 2008
Format: Paperback
The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

I truly believe that Malcolm X was the only person who has walked the earth, who could have changed the world, and would have wanted to change it - based purely on the desire to see all people be treated equally (with fairness, equal opportunity, and without random or inherited hatred for other races).

Malcolm's autobiography tells of many different stages he went through, and how many different lives he lived; from gifted child, to enthusiastic teen, to working with drug dealers, thieves and prostitutes, being a drug addict in prison, finding religion, becoming a preacher, a leader, then finding jealous people on all sides.

The book, the story is flawlessly put together, never-ever boring, thrilling, joyful, heart breaking, inspiring.

Malcolm lived and died for truth and honesty, he took on- not only the whole of America but also the rest of the world.

Malcolm had the mind to solve any problem, and the heart to never stop, even with death threats and various assasination attempts.

"X in Mathematics represents the unknown, until I know the name of my forefathers, my family name, and not the name of my former slave master, I will carry the name "X".

Beautiful person, and a REAL man.

All he had to do to live, was to be quiet and become as evil, corrupt and greedy as all the people around him, but he'd rather die than become them.

And sadly, tragically he did.

Malcolm's autobiography is of huge historic, political and human importance.

It's my favourite book, and I respect Malcolm X as much as anyone in the history of earth.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Jan 2001
Format: Paperback
I read this book shortly after coming out of that teenage phase of 'jungle mentality' where only the fiitest and most ruthless survive. This book should be an integral part of schooling in this millenium as it tells of the rise, heavy fall and rise again of a black child born into prejudiced society, taking a common way out and then recieving the wake up call. It tells of how anyone, if they apply themselves, can achieve their goals and a thorough insight into the interactions between different races and religions which can breed war and peace. It tells of a man that became a strong believer and rigidly exhalted those principles. Malcolm X gave ME a belief that I can study and achieve and STILL keep a strong sense of racial pride. I first read this 11 years ago and I'm now reading it again for the eighth time...
Do not pass go, do not collect £200, just go directly to the store and buy this book now...
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Nc Shackley on 9 Feb 2005
Format: Paperback
In this uncompromising and surging autobiography, Malcolm X, one of the most fascinating and charismatic African Americans of the twentieth century, tells the story of his tumultuous life. He recounts how, from his horrific childhood through to his numerous robberies that eventually landed him in jail, he found solace in Islam which led him to become the prominent speaker of one of the most controversial groups of its time - The Black Muslims.
I read this along with Martin Luther King's autobiography (which everybody should do if they want to get a true understanding of the two conflicting black philosophies of the time), and while I was more in agreement with King's method and message, I found Malcolm X a much more interesting and charismatic personality, and his autobiography more enjoyable. What makes him even more interesting is the way his views altered toward the end of his life and leaned more toward King's.
The book is an easy read and the pages seem to fly by. The book finishes just a few months before his assassination, so unlike most autobiographies, Malcolm X's continues right up until the end of his life.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Sep 2000
Format: Paperback
...The Autobiography of Malcolm X captured my attention and interest right away from the first page and held tight throughout the remainder. The depiction of the Klansmen at the beginning of chapter one started the book off on a serious note that laid the foundation for Malcolm's life. Being a teenager, the first handful of chapters was understandably the most entertaining to read. From them, I drew out the learning processes, the experiences, and the obstacles that Malcolm inevitably had to overcome in his transition from childhood to early adulthood. I then stocked them deep within to facilitate my own maturity process. From these chapters, I acquired a greater understanding of the Afro-American way of life and a better-informed picture of American society from a teenager's perspective. These chapters engendered excitement, suspense, and a great deal of reality and truth in Malcolm's encounters with guns, drugs, and prostitution. They were presented in a very straightforward way, and were not marred with many unbelievable ridiculous exaggerations. Every word was to be believed, every word could have been believed, and everything should have been believed.
The book's primary motif of race relations cast its shadow upon every paragraph, and gradually became more involved in Malcolm's life as he proceeded into adulthood. In the middle portion of the book, Malcolm took a dramatic fall as he dropped to the lowest state of society in prison. Faced with a fork in the road, Malcolm strived for the best as he painfully resumed his education. The middle chapters were the most inspiring to read for me as a student. I certainly could relate to the processes of learning how to read and write, but never the way Malcolm went about accomplishing them.
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