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A GREAT PORTRAYAL OF A TRUE REVOLUTIONARY LEADER!
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!