If one has read A life of Reinvention, then he owes it to himself to read A Lie of Reinvention. A Life of Reinvention, written by Manning Marable was written, in a way to "humanize" Malcolm X. The counter argument in A Lie of Reinvention, which was written by a group of scholars, authors, and individuals who understands Malcolm X and the African American experience, was to question Manning Marable's objective.
If one has read Manning Marable's book, his objective was to twist Malcolm X's image into one that is not of black nationlism, but of one who was race neutral. Being race neutral, was never really Malcolm's goal, Malcolm X's goal was for black advancement and self determination. Mr. Marable has put his own ideas about Malcolm X into the book that would seem more accepting to a wider audience to sell books. So in a nutshell, Mr. Manning Marable's book, in my opinion and having studied Malcolm X my entire life, was to sell books.
A Lie of Reinvention does a great job of bringing up what possibly could be called slander against Malcolm X to make money. Many of the people who wrote an essay in this book understood Malcolm X and what he stood for. For example, many writers in the book bring up good points, like Mr. Marable reliance on second hand sources and not interviewing people who was closest to Malcolm X, such as his wife Betty who was still alive when Mr. Marable did twenty years of "research". Also, the writers point out that Manning would use sources that was antagonist against Malcolm, these sources should never be used.
This was just my summary, I didn't get too detailed. So, if anyone is interested in Malcolm X, just buy the Autobiography of Malcolm X or A Lie of Reinvention.