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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (28 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141032723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141032726
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)
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Extraordinary . . . a brilliant, painful, important book (New York Times)

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If there was any one man who articulated the anger, the struggle, and the beliefs of African Americans in the 1960s, that man was Malxolm X. His AUTOBIOGRAPHY is now an established classic of modern America, a book that expresses like none other the crucial truth about our times.
"Extraordinary. A brilliant, painful, important book."
TEH NEW YORKTIMES --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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. Simply put, he did it the hard way.
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I would say don't read the introduction first, because the funeral is in it, you need to get to know what a truly wonderful man malcolm X turned out to be, before you read about the funeral, where you will no doubt shed a tear.
I am now checking Malcolm on you tube, What a brilliant and calm man talks nothing but sense.
He could have been mayor of New York and President, unfortunately America is so warped and the populace so controlled.
I wish he could have left NY and stepped back for a while.
They say the truth shall set you free, the truth got Malcolm X free from the hypocrisy of the nation of Islam, SPEAKING that truth is what got him killed.
This book is brilliant, a must read.
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Such an interesting read. So descriptive that you can paint the scenarios in your mind, along with the suspense that it comes with. You feel as though you are living at the time of Malcolm in the flesh understanding everything, especially Malcolms thought processes in such a racist and run down USA. Especially the bit where Malcolm knows the muslims didn't stab him in the back, he realises "this is far beyond the tactic of the black muslims" and that's where the possibility of government (cia/fbi) intervention was sussed. He becomes a muslim and his life does a U-Turn for the best, but he dies before he can put the complete jigsaw puzzle together.
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Probably the best book I've read! It's helped to seek more about myself and to seek more truths that I never was taught in school. I was never taught positive black history at school. Every black person MUST read! I'm glad I did! Thank you Malcolm X!
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A life changing book that is brutally honest and redemptive. You find a man who is somehow willing to speak the truth, willing to re-invent himself and change his views but instead of lending an air of confusion to the man this only heightens his towering strength as a person wanting to provide human rights for his people and realising that there are no races, only human beings. This book is on biblical terms and way ahead of its time. We are only blind if we think the situation for the so-called minorities really has improved. Everyday we hear of a so-called minority persecuted somewhere, be it in China or Myanmar or with the miners in South Africa. This book doesn't shy away from the human frailties we all live with but are either too ignorant to want to deal with them or are so afraid to confront them that we just suppress and bury them deep into the rabbit hole.
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I loved this book its very interesting, it arrived undamaged and well packaged. Couldn't ask for more
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Nice book
Laugh every time i see it
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Inspiring
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