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Alex Haley & Malcolm X's (Bn) (Z) [Library Binding]

Alex Haley , Malcolm X , Harold Bloom
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October 1995 Bloom's Notes
The story of the Nation of Islam's early leader is dissected by Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University and major literary critic. Part of the literary criticism series "Bloom's Notes", this volume also includes a biography of Haley, a list of characters, and extracts of major critical sources.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Crucial to understanding America. Sept. 8 2000
I'd seen the movie a couple of times (I'm something of a rabbid Spike Lee fan) and I was familiar with the highlights of Malcolm X's spotted history. But I'd never really grasped the perspective of an angry black man at this point in my nations history. I was aware there was anger, and I was aware as to the general source of that anger, but to read Alex Haley's masterful transcription of the philosophy of Malcolm X, along with his autobiography was cause for my re-evaluation of race relations in America. Needless to say, I don't find myself to be the devil, and I don't actually agree with him on a number of his other conclusions, but his logic in reaching those conclusion was hardly flawed. This is a must read for all aspiring citizens, and a helpful text for the internationaly curious as to the basis of our still festering race debate.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Autobiography of Malcolm X May 22 2000
This is a very good book. It makes you realize what people and especially blacks had to go through in their lives. Just to survive they had to lie and steal and sometimes sell themselves to pay for food that day. It was sad what the "white" man had done to other people not of his race. The fact that he treated them lower was very stupid. Nobody should ever be treated like that. People in today's world are much different than back then, not only because we realize what we were doing wrong but also because we have accepted that all people are equal. Before I read this book I knew little of Malcolm X, but after reading not only was I enriched, but also it forced me to look at the world in a different light. The story line of his life starts with Malcolm's childhood and ends with his tragic feud with the nation of Islam, dealing with important issues along the way. Until he make the greatest change of his life when he commits to Islam. His rise from a street hustler to international leader is inspirational and sad because he was taken away from us so early. This book was a challenge for me, it filled me with a great sorrow of what one race can do to hold down another. This is the first autobiography I have ever read that has actually said something. I mean others have things to say but this autobiography not only deals with the person, but other important issues as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I have ever read. May 8 2000
I had to read this book for a class, and wasn't sure how good it was going to be. After reading it however I think it is one of the most important books for anyone living in America or the rest of the world to read. This should be next on your list. There is so much that is good in this book,it goes past all the bad media we have today and gives you the the real story on how it was to be a young black man in the 50's and 60's and how the "system" almost destroyed him. Malcolm's rise from a street hustler to international leader is inspirational and sad because he was taken away from us so early.
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