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Autobiography of Malcolm X [Paperback]

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28 Jun 2007

They called him the 'angriest black man in America' . . .

Celebrated and vilified the world over for his courageous but bitter fight to gain for millions of black men and women the equality and respect denied them by their white neighbours, Malcolm X inspired as many people in the United States as he caused to fear him.

His remarkable autobiography, completed just before his murder in 1965, ranges from Omaha and Michigan to Harlem and Mecca, and tells of a young, disenfranchised man whose descent into drug addition, robbery and prison was only reversed by his belief in the rights struggle for black America, and his conversion to the Nation of Islam.

Not only is this an enormously important record of the Civil Rights Movement in America, but also the scintillating story of a man who refused to allow anyone to tell him who or what he was.

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (28 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141032723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141032726
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Extraordinary . . . a brilliant, painful, important book (New York Times)

About the Author

Born Malcolm Little in Omaha in 1925, Malcolm X lost both his parents at a young age. Leaving school early, he soon became part of Harlem's underworld, and in 1946 he was sentenced to ten years' imprisonment. It was in prison that Malcolm X converted to Islam. Paroled in 1952, he became an outspoken defender of Muslim doctrines, formed the Organization of Afro-American Unity in 1963, and had received considerable publicity by the time of his murder in 1965.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest autobiography I have ever read 9 Feb 2005
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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5.0 out of 5 stars An important book, about an important man 2 Jun 2000
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This book is very difficult to put down, and is thoroughly engrossing for people of every race. In it, we read the what really built Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik el Shabazz) and what lead him to eventually reject black supremacy and embrace Orthodox Islam and preach equality of all races. There is a very powerful account of his journey to Mecca on the Hajj and how it changed his view of races and gave him the belief that all races could live together as equals. It contains a very poignant insight into the lives of Black Americans and the social problems they faced and face in 20th century America and the background to the 'Nation of Islam' movement, which Malcolm X left and the Orthodox Islam that he embraced. There is an introduction by Alex Haley detailing the event of Malcolm X's assassination. All in all a very motivating read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The autobiography of Malcolm X 4 Sep 2002
I read this book out of sheer curiosity and really enjoyed it... although I didn't always agree with his views, he was obviously a very intelligent and passionate man. Infact his story is a real rise and fall account. The latter stages of a book are written by a man who knew he was going to be die by the hands of people he had onced loved, but stood by his convictions until the end.
Love him or hate him, in some way or another you have to respect him.
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...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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5.0 out of 5 stars a must read
An excellent biography. I need 17 more words to make this review but I am not sure what else to write, It is a very good book, Malcom speaks about the psychology of the people... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Zeshan Jilani
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
What an incredible book. And I love the fantastic intro by Alex Haley. Can't believe that I had never read it before!
Published 26 days ago by Cleveland22
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Biography. Period.
From street hustler to Civil Rights leader, this book charts Malcolm X's rich and influential life. Throughout the book, Malcolm's analysis of his own life is incisive and the... Read more
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Learn about one of the best political activist fighters who lived
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Amazing book. Such a special piece of literature. 100% recommend it. You will not regret it at all. - Hassan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing.
Please do not underestimate my statement when I say, this book is life changing. This is a pure, genuine & honest biography of a man who dedicated his life to the oppressed,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Josh
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read
Bought as a present for my son along with book about Martin Luther King. Recommend both read to give the two different viewpoints on the struggle for the emancipation of black... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Shelaghuk
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome classic
A remarkable story made all the more wonderful for its veracity. It is no wonder that apart from the Bible and Quran this is the most read book in many prison libraries across the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Olu Alake
4.0 out of 5 stars very interesting
I knew very little about Malcolm X before hand, so it was very interesting to read about his life. I did feel the book descended into racist ranting quite a lot, and I was a little... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. A. G. Arnott
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If this book was part of the school curriculum perhaps less of us would grow up to be prejudice against people of other races and cultures. Read more
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