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Autobiography of Malcolm X Paperback – Jan 1999

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (Mm) (January 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345915038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345915030
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 224 customer reviews
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Joe Morton successfully captures the essence of Malcolm X by presenting the text straight from the hip. In the opening, he speaks bitterly about the murderous bigotry Malcolm experiences as a child. With a slick, fast-talking voice Morton portrays Malcolm's life as a young hustler then shifts his tone to one of powerful conviction when recounting Malcolm's conversion to the Black Muslim faith and his realization of his vocation. Roscoe Lee Browne's solemn, resonant narration connects Morton's dramatization to an objective chronicle of significant events in the leader's life and gently bridges the text. The result proves an intriguing program. M.P.T. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Truly a masterpiece of literature and American history. This book provides a look into history that many people don't even realize occurred. African Americans built America. Through this book, we can see how society formed Malcolm X, and how he found his way out of the dark place that he was pushed to. You feel the pain and the struggle that he went through in his family and through his experiences. He is truly a great man, and all Americans, or even people who are interested in American history, should read this book, because it really provides a look into the depth of American history and culture that will change your viewpoint of the Western world. Motivating, inspiring, and thoughtful. A must-read.
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I just finished reading the Autobiography of Malcolm X. As I approached the end of the book, I was also approaching the sad story of the end of his life, of his infamous assassination. It is sad that Malcolm X had to die in such a violent way, it is sad that his father was also a victim of violence. It is sad that his family was separated, that his mother was no longer able to uphold. It is sad that he was part of a society that forced him into taking narcotics, stealing, robbing, and prostitution. Most often he was criticized for the changes in his attitudes and philosophies. A man that is steadfast in his unfaltering ways, unable to see his wrong and make changes, is a foolish man. Malcolm X was not. He was constantly evaluating, challenging, and speculating. Hence, this should be not taken as a criticism, but rather, a compliment. Tears came to my eyes as I read the last pages of this book. I have never felt superior to any African American, but after reading this book, my feelings towards African Americans has changed. I feel inferior. They have struggled for so many years in a country that has created a social structure that has handicapped them, to say the least. They suffered tribulation after tribulation. They are fortunate to have Malcolm X as one of them, and for that I love them more.
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Do you really know Malcolm X? He is way more than his common image of "white hater" of the 60's. The book tells with verve the evolution of this great man who had an incredible "3-stage life": The wild pimp, The Eloquent Minister and The Matured Muslim. Fascinating life and great book. One of the best autobiography out there.
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I have used this book in my classroom for several years. It has never failed to inspire and motivate my students. As a master teacher and candidate for National Board Certification, I want my students to understand that one can improve his/her life through education. Malcolm X learned to read while he was in prison by copying the dictionary, the first word being, "aardvark." His desire to improve his life and influence others positively is a direct link to his learning to read. He was willing to risk becoming vulnerable by exposing his inadequacies in order to be a positive role model for others. Compare his story to the current news of the winner of the National Spelling Bee, David Tidmarsh, and students can begin to understand that a good student does not have to be a "geek," while serious academics can refocus one's life to become successful. Even if you only read excerpts from the book to middle school students, it is worth the investment.
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'The Autobiography of Malcom X' is a wonderful, objective, autobiography that will captivate you. You'll sympathize with the horrendous childhood Malcom endured and relive the evolution of a man. Malcom became a black supremacist under the guidance of Elijah Muhammed and the Black Muslim teaching. An unfortunate series of events contributes to Malcom's search for himself. Amidst the most astounding change a man can feel, his life was cut short. Malcom X, upon returning from Mecca, altered his perspective so radically that he no longer provided the press with a racist appeal. Malcom was truly a hero who fought for his people. It's tragic that his history is misunderstood to the extent today.
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While this book is not actually written by Malcolm X, Alex Haley has done a wonderful job in narrating the book from Malcolm's perspective and truly immerses the reader into his life. This book is primarily based on a number of sessions between X and Haley in which Malcolm has described the various events of his life. The book places less emphasis on his speeches while predominantly highlighting the biographical events; to get a better insight on his speeches I would recommend purchasing some of the various books that collect them.

The book starts from before Malcolm's birth describing few experiences of his parents; a black reverend father and white Grenadian mother. It goes on to describe his childhood and his relationship with his family up to his life in Harlem and his struggles with crime, addiction and prison. X tells of how he discovered Islam and and eventually became a member and highly praised minister of the Nation, to his ultimate fallout with Elijah Muhammad. Upon which we learn of the black leaders journey to Mecca and his discovering of true Islam. Following this, the book details the final days until his self-predicted death. After Malcolm's contributed portion of the book, from his perspective Haley takes over to describe his experiences over the few years he had known X, as well as discussing the events surround Malcolm's murder and the days after his passing.

In writing this book Haley has attempted to write in a manner in which the reader feels the emotion and experiences of X as if they are going through each event of his life with him.
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