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on 17 October 2014
I was disappointed with this book and left wondering what Manning Marable's agenda was. It is filled with speculation and guesswork that could be seen to be irresponsible. If you've read a fair amount about Malcolm X before, you are free to make up your own mind as to the accuracy of this book's content, but if not, I'm not sure it gives a fair account. Since reading this book, I have also read 'A Lie of Reinvention: Correcting Manning Marable's Malcolm X' - a compilation of essays offering a different interpretation. It's worth keeping in mind that for many, this is not the definitive account of Malcolm X that it has been advertised as.
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on 20 September 2015
Manning Marble has written a fascinating book which is a comprehensive review of Malcolm X's life. Upon reading this book i had studied Malcolm X and the civil rights campaign in school. Yet it was only a brief overview an i didn't get the chance to explore Malik El Shabazz's life. As a result this book became a a tol which i could use to learn about Malcolm. Gripping, fascinating and never ending twists and turns Marble offers detailed explanation of why Malcolm X was forced into a life of crime, how he became aquatinted with the Nation of Islam and his late split with the Nation.

However a book review would not be a adequate 'review' without mentioning the faults of Marbles work. Firstly their is an enormous amount of speculation throughout the is book. For instance Marble describes Farrakhan as having a role to play in Malcolm's life yet the evidence he offers is insufficient. In addition their is speculation regarding malcolm X's love life claiming that while on his second trip to he middle East he engaged in extramarital sex, as he failed to write anything in his diary entry that night. This speculation leads the reader in circles and leaves them with no definitive knowledge regarding Malcolm's life.

Secondly, the book at times can feel like you a reading a long paged essay instead of something gripping. For example their is information regarding Malcolm trip to the Middle East and his private life which is unnecessary. I defiantly feel that Manning could have summarised Malcolm X using less long winded paragraphs and more short detailed analysis.

Nevertheless Manning is able to derive the story of a true leader who realised that black nationalism along with black economic empowerment would not only save the negro in America but millions around the globe. Malcolm truly was ahead of his time and understood the importance for black people to understand the politics that govern their community (Ballot or the Bullet speech 1964) as well as to independantly control the education that they are taught in schools. If your looking to learn about Malcolm X's book i would suggest you read this book, however do aim to examine external sources i.e his speeches on Youtube to learn more about the man himself..... MR MALCOLM X!
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on 26 March 2015
Wow! What a read. This is a masterpiece of writing. It delves into the nitty gritty of Malcolm's life and his introduction to the nation of Islam which was both the platform for his reinvention and the catalyst for his demise. Mr Marable has done justice to one of the greatest black icons of the 20th century.
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on 4 September 2014
I was riveted to this book. The subject was a strange brew,the cover up prior to and following his demise was the stuff of nightmares, reeking of corruption and conspiracy.......
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on 19 June 2015
One of the best books I've ever read. Absolutely amazing!
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on 14 October 2012
Last year I got the hardback version from America. This book about Malcolm is challenging, different and asks a lot of questions about his life. It has got me to re-read the many books I have about Malcolm and comes to a different understanding. This is a book worth reading and i recommend its purchase
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on 18 May 2015
Excellent condition and a great read
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on 13 August 2013
This is everything that a political and historical biography should be.

Malcolm is portrayed 'warts and all', Marable paints a picture of a fully rounded human being. This is no hagiography. More than this though, Marable puts Malcolm into context and shows him as a man who was made by his times and influences and, in turn, changed his times in both profound and subtle ways.

This is a great book.
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on 7 April 2011
This is a fantastic and gripping book, simply put if you have read the autobiography but yearn for more, this is the book that will answer your questions. Issues such as Malcolms' connection with Muslim Mosque inc. and OAAU are explored in great detail. This book also succeeds in creating the context in which Malcolm was living, giving you a real sense of the man warts and all.
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on 10 July 2015
Excellent
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