I began reading this book with what I thought was an open mind. By the time I had finished it I relised that this book had truely opened my mind. During the first chapter of the book Malcolm X comments that it is amazing that a good book can change your life. When I read this line I understood the vocabulary but did'nt really understand this concept until I had finished the book, as I believe that this book has changed my views and beliefs so much, and opened my mind to such a degree, that it will be directly responsible for influencing many decisions that I will make throughout the rest of my life.
This book will appeal to many different people and I would recommend that anyone, who can access a copy, should read it. The book begins with an account by the author of the last days of Malcolm X's existance, during which he put this book together with author. The book then tells the story of Malcolm's youth, growing up in a shockingly and disgracefully racist America. The young man, whom excelled academically and aimed for a prosperous career and future, was racially abused and grossly discouraged by white members of the community. The book continues, following Malcolm into the ghettos of Detroit and then Harlem, in which a life of crime appeared to be Malcolms destiny. Next comes the jail term, during which Malcolm made the discovery of religion and a developed a thirst for knowledge, both of which whould contribute to a massive change in direction for the young Afro-American. Upon his release from prison, the book follows Malcolms facinating journey as he dedicates his life to spreading the message he has recieved.