Prophet of rage: a life of Louis Farrakhan and his nation
In this first ever biography of Louis Farrakhan, Arthur J. Magida presents an independent, objective, and insightful portrait of the controversial leader who has emerged as America's dominant - and most problematic - figure on the African-American scene. Magida, a Jewish journalist whose coverage of Farrakhan won the approbation of Farrakhan himself as well as the head of the B'nai B'rith's Anti-Defamation League, has had unprecedented access to the leader of the Nation of Islam. In Prophet of Rage, Magida penetrates the empassioned rhetoric that surrounds this enigmatic figure to reveal his personal story, tracing Farrakhan's life from his birth as Eugene Walcott in the Bronx, to his disciplined childhood in Boston's Roxbury, to his training as a classical violinist in youth, and his career later as a calypso singer. We learn why Farrakhan turned against Malcolm X and later orchestrated the reestablishment of the Nation of Islam under the original creed of Elijah Muhammad. We see Farrakhan as an ally of the 1984 presidential candidate the Reverend Jesse Jackson, his unforgiving - and unforgivable - anti-Semitic remarks, and his day of triumph in October 1995 at the Million Man March in Washington, D.C. Everyone seems to have an opinion about - or a visceral reaction to - Louis Farrakhan, but very few actually know that much about him or his Nation of Islam. Magida analyzes Farrakhan's role as a spiritual leader of a complex, if not always consistent, religion, one that blends Afrocentrism and American pragmatism. Prophet of Rage situates Farrakhan in the context of black separatism in America, in the battles for command of the Nation of Islam, and in the struggle for leadership of thebroader black community.
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Prophet of rage: a life of Louis Farrakhan and his nationUser Review - Book Verdict
Magida, the editorial director of Jewish Times and former senior editor of the Baltimore Jewish Light, has written the first biography of controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. The book languished at several publishing houses until Farrakhan rose to political prominence with October 1995's Million Man March. Magida obtained highly sought-after interviews with his subject in 1993 and 1994; the subsequent articles, drawn on here, made him a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Magida has no stated agenda but purports to offer an in-depth analysis of the fiery African American leader. While Magida details Farrakhan's public record, heated conflicts with the Jewish community, and political positions that were often contrary to those of such Civil Rights leaders as Martin Luther King Jr., little is revealed of the man behind the image and what drives him. Nevertheless, Magida's biography offers invaluable coverage of a prominent African American. For all biography and African-American studies collections.--Michael A. Lutes, Univ. of Notre Dame Lib., Ind
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Fabulous. I first read this as a postgraduate and found it illuminating. I still reread sections from time to time, and should probably revisit the whole thing as a refresher. I would have loved to have Lidz for a trainer.
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