The Life And Death Of Michael X,
This review is from: Life and Death of Michael X (Hardcover)
The name Malcolm X is widely known in the West today, but Michael X is all but forgotten, and with good reason. Michael de Freitas, later Michael Abdul Malik, was a small time con man from the island of Trinidad. He made his name – such as it was – in London during the Swinging Sixties, forming an “organisation” with the ludicrous acronym RAAS.
This book traces his life from his humble beginnings to his rubbing shoulders with the likes of John Lennon, and his endorsement by left wing “progressives” to his ignominious death at Port of Spain on the end of a hangman's rope, a convicted murderer.
Although credited to James Sharp, the original dustcover credits it to James Prior, but according to the bibliographical department at the British Library, this is a misprint. Everything else about this book seems to be in order though; it has a Preface by Evan A. Rees, the judge who sentenced Malik to death. On a plate between pages 56 and 57 he is misnamed Evan E. Rees. The book also has many black and white photographs, and is probably the most accurate account of the life of a man who despised whites and exploited blacks in equal measure.