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The Night Malcolm X Spoke at the Oxford Union: A Transatlantic Story of Antiracist Protest (George Gund Foundation Imprint in African American Foundation Book in African American Studies) Hardcover – 28 Oct 2014

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (28 Oct. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520279336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520279339
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.4 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 353,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Of the great twentieth century debates William F. Buckley vs. Gore Vidal, Baldwin vs. Buckley, Chomsky vs. Foucault, and others none was more internationally galvanizing or historically significant than Malcolm X s stand against Humphrey Berkeley at Oxford. And no one tells it better than Stephen Tuck. His riveting, highly original account traces Malcolm s evolution from working-class autodidact and Nation of Islam minister to globetrotting pan-Africanist embodying the nexus between decolonization, human rights, and black radicalism. He also trace s Oxford s historical transformation from the belly of the English Enlightenment and Britain s imperial project to the epicenter of struggles for racial justice. In short, not only did Malcolm X bring his most potent anticolonial arsenal, but he stepped into a powder keg. The result is an explosive debate and an explosive book. --Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times

Stephen Tuck s splendidly incisive book brings alive a fascinating but little-known episode in Malcolm X s colorful journey. One extraordinary night in 1964, the most controversial black freedom leader in the world took on the scions of the British establishment at the world s most prestigious debating society. With careful analysis, clever prose, and a forensic eye for detail, Tuck shows just what that night meant, not only for Malcolm himself, but for Britain and for America. This book will make you think again about the racial politics of the 1960s, and about the relationship between the two great Atlantic cousins. It confirms Tuck s reputation as one of the most brilliant stars in history s firmament. --Dominic Sandbrook, author of Never Had It So Good: A History of Britain from Suez to the Beatles

A powerful addition to the Malcolm X literature from the fascinating angle of the Oxford debates, revealing the extraordinary range of his influence around the world. Passionate and objective in equal measure. --Ben Okri, author of The Famished Road and A Time for New Dreams

Tuck is to be thanked for bringing this important historical moment back to light and, in situating it in its wider context, contributing significantly to our understanding of the transatlantic civil rights movement and Oxford s particular place within it. . . . Tuck s synthesis of Malcolm X s life story into such a concise, clear account is masterful; I was left only to regret that such a brief but comprehensive version had been lacking when I was studying these issues. The book s greatest achievement in my eyes, however, is its interweaving of this familiar life story with broader narratives which encompass race relations in Oxford, decolonisation, and the worldwide struggle for racial equality. In doing so, Tuck shows how such a local event as the debate at the Oxford Union had a global dimension, one with implications not only for Malcolm X s personal story but also for a wider story of civil rights activism. . . . the book is a pleasure to read and should prove enjoyable for historians and non-historians alike: it comes highly recommended for no more complicated reason than this. --Mike Joseph, The Voice

The Night Malcolm X Spoke at the Oxford Union is both a lucid portrait of Malcolm X at the height of his powers and a piercing exploration of the history of race in Britain one that speaks every bit as much to our present-day circumstances as to the radicalism of 50 years ago. --Financial Times

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"Of the great twentieth century debates--William F. Buckley vs. Gore Vidal, Baldwin vs. Buckley, Chomsky vs. Foucault, and others--none was more internationally galvanizing or historically significant than Malcolm X's stand against Humphrey Berkeley at Oxford. And no one tells it better than Stephen Tuck. His riveting, highly original account traces Malcolm's evolution from working-class autodidact and Nation of Islam minister to globetrotting pan-Africanist embodying the nexus between decolonization, human rights, and black radicalism. He also trace's Oxford's historical transformation from the belly of the English Enlightenment and Britain's imperial project to the epicenter of struggles for racial justice. In short, not only did Malcolm X bring his most potent anticolonial arsenal, but he stepped into a powder keg. The result is an explosive debate and an explosive book."--Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times

"A powerful addition to the Malcolm X literature from the fascinating angle of the Oxford debates, revealing the extraordinary range of his influence around the world. Passionate and objective in equal measure."--Ben Okri, author of The Famished Road and A Time for New Dreams

"In this gripping book, Stephen Tuck tells the unlikely story of how the black radical Malcolm X came to speak to the Oxford Union, the bastion of privilege at the University of Oxford. The speech electrified his audience. Just two months later, he was dead. But as Tuck shows, his words left a legacy of inspiration, not only in the US, but even in Oxford itself. I could not put the book down."--Lyndal Roper, Regius Professor of History, Oxford University

"Stephen Tuck's splendidly incisive book brings alive a fascinating but little-known episode in Malcolm X's colorful journey. One extraordinary night in 1964, the most controversial black freedom leader in the world took on the scions of the British establishment at the world's most prestigious debating society. With careful analysis, clever prose, and a forensic eye for detail, Tuck shows just what that night meant, not only for Malcolm himself, but for Britain--and for America. This book will make you think again--about the racial politics of the 1960s, and about the relationship between the two great Atlantic cousins. It confirms Tuck's reputation as one of the most brilliant stars in history's firmament."--Dominic Sandbrook, author of Never Had It So Good: A History of Britain from Suez to the Beatles

"Tuck's in-depth research and perceptive analysis show clearly that debating at the Oxford Union was a major component of Brother Malcolm's determination to internationalize the battle against proponents of terroristic white supremacy/racism in the United States."--A. Peter Bailey, author of Witnessing Brother Malcolm X, founding member of the Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU) and editor of its newsletter

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