This is a very good book. It makes you realize what people and especially blacks had to go through in their lives. Just to survive they had to lie and steal and sometimes sell themselves to pay for food that day. It was sad what the "white" man had done to other people not of his race. The fact that he treated them lower was very stupid. Nobody should ever be treated like that. People in today's world are much different than back then, not only because we realize what we were doing wrong but also because we have accepted that all people are equal. Before I read this book I knew little of Malcolm X, but after reading not only was I enriched, but also it forced me to look at the world in a different light. The story line of his life starts with Malcolm's childhood and ends with his tragic feud with the nation of Islam, dealing with important issues along the way. Until he make the greatest change of his life when he commits to Islam. His rise from a street hustler to international leader is inspirational and sad because he was taken away from us so early. This book was a challenge for me, it filled me with a great sorrow of what one race can do to hold down another. This is the first autobiography I have ever read that has actually said something. I mean others have things to say but this autobiography not only deals with the person, but other important issues as well.