The Autobiography of Malcolm X

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Book - 1999
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The controversial leader of the Black Muslims tells the story of his life and his part in the civil rights movement.
Publisher: New York : One World, 1999.
Edition: 2nd Ballantine Books hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9780345379757
0345379756
9780345376718
0345376714
Characteristics: xxviii, 500 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Haley, Alex

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The controversial leader of the Black Muslims tells the story of his life and his part in the civil rights movement.

List - Published in the 1960s
WCLSAdults Aug 13, 2019

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Pedro91
Dec 22, 2020

What an eye opener.
Always be in company of wolves and not the foxes...

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rjblack
Nov 17, 2020

This book SLAPPED. It took me all summer to read but it really makes some good critique on American society. It's also really easy to read compared to other famous academic books so I was pleasantly surprised by that. I didn't know about Malcolm's growth in his ideas over his years and it's sad we don't get to see how the change in his ideology affects the US. Support minority-owned businesses, support community investment in marginalized areas, never trust democrats OR republicans. It's revolution time kiddos I highly recommend this book!

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paperclypse2
Nov 05, 2020

Worth a read.

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hrtzgod314
Aug 15, 2020

This book should be required reading for all American citizens, in my opinion. I wish I read it earlier in my life, so I could re-read it now.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 30, 2020

The Autobiography of Malcolm X tells the story of Muslim minister, Malcolm X. His life’s journey, although short, is extremely interesting. His transformation from hoodlum to minister is fascinating, his change in ideology is captivating and his passion, even when you may think it is misused, is admirable. Malcolm X calls himself "the angriest Black man in America" and he used this anger in protest of injustice. He confronted the issue of the mistreatment of blacks in America head on, appearing in countless interviews, debates and speeches. The contrast in style between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr is another element which makes this book a must read. Although this book was published in 1965, it is still applicable to this day. I would recommend everyone read this book and I would rate it five out of five stars.
@Nessie of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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Geoffflet
Nov 11, 2019

Wow - a great insight into race and also power - for example, how wealth and power 'whitens'!
H and direct - and clear, regardless of where you start from.

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LucasHill
Sep 08, 2019

I can only approach this as the white reader that I am, with everything that attends that condition. I have no other choice, obviously. Stemming from that is my feeling of responsibility to confront one of X's intermediate theses: that America was damaged from before its founding by slavery, and that black people have been so greviously wounded by this legacy that the only responsible move for them is to uproot from America and move elsewhere where they can stand by their own efforts, free from white influence and malingering. Ironically, this is what many white nationalists want as well, for other reasons.

Forgetting the practicalities of black separatist nationalism, X describes in some detail how facets of American society - its government, religious textures, and its overall moral sense of itself - are irredeemably toxic to black people. There's the hard pill for me (and maybe all of white America) to swallow: that this country was injured from the start by its most tragic error. X explains that many white peoples' daily experiences are so removed from back peoples' - in an effort to keep black people down - that we whites cannot fathom many black peoples' disgust and anger with us. We are left to ask lamely, "Why are they so mad?"

The variety of Islam that X undertakes is strange, unorthodox, self-justified and self-serving (these are not necessarily criticisms). It props up X's separatist nationalism, when, to my mind, black separatism, at least during the 20th century, was understandable. So its satisfying when X goes on his Hajj and discovers a more orthodox Islam, and maybe a measure of peace. He remains angry at the state of many American black people, but he's not completely consumed anymore.

Alex Haley's essay about X and the writing of the autobiography shouldn't be skipped. It provides insights into X's psychology that are unavailable in the main part of the book.

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johnathanmccary96
Jul 13, 2019

A fascinating insight into one of the most passionate and honest men who fought for the human rights of the African- American Community at the height of the Civil Rights area. A man who can be seen as strange and abrasive, yet his reasons for those attitudes are clearly justified with the experiences he had as a child and young man. Everyone should read this book, as it reminds us how humans can treat one another terribly if we begin to think of ourselves more highly than others. Malcolm displays an attitude of selflessness that makes him a hero of the twentieth century.

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rpavlacic
May 01, 2018

You'll either love or hate this book - no in-betweens. It is equal parts inspiring and infuriating. This book is not so much about Malcolm X himself as it is a critique of American society. While one may agree with his diagnosis, his solution - a separate black nation state - would not only have been impractical but impossible to achieve as no state would cede a square inch of its territory. The book is disturbing on a couple of counts. Malcolm praises Billy Graham but has nothing but scorn for Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers and Martin Luther King - in fact the latter is inferenced throughout but not mentioned by name until the very last chapter. The author was also anti-Semitic and proudly so, stating Israel had no right to exist. Whatever you may think about the man, this is one book you'll find hard to forget.

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xiaojunbpl12
Feb 13, 2018

Best (auto)biography I’ve read.
His short life was uniquely fascinating, no one could produce such dense and rich materials.
A “violent” read, I was well spent more than several occasions...as if I wish to save the drowned or win the debate. But “Icarus” and “Out” gained me equanimity. “Mecca” nearly converted me.
I wonder his approach may work out better (thinking Mao’s China finally gaining dominance). When would there be another hero like him rising up from ghetto to save the black themselves?
I feel his assassination was nation’s bigger loss than JFK’s. The modern landscape could be very different due to his longevity. Besides, a biography inclusive of his maturity as a politician and sage, would be even more glorious, and more controversial as well.

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Jan 24, 2020

"...I have no mercy or compassion in me for a society that will crush people, and then penalize them for not being able to stand up under the weight."

Levi_1 Jun 30, 2014

"I’ve had enough of someone else’s propaganda.…I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole." Chp 19

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