Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

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Penguin, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 592 pages
31 Reviews
'Groundbreaking . . . It will be difficult for anyone to better this book . . . a work of art, a feast that combines genres skilfully: biography, true-crime, political commentary. It gives us Malcolm X in full gallop' Wil Haygood, Washington Post
'He was a country bumpkin who became a zoot-suited entertainer who became a petty criminal who became a self-taught intellectual . . . In his revealing and prodigiously researched new biography, Marable vividly chronicles these many incarnations of Malcolm X, describing the 'multiple masks' he donned over the years' Michiko Kakutani, the New York Times
'Explodes the myths that obscure the real man' Hugh Muir, Guardian
'By the end of the 1960s, Malcolm's disciples had elevated him to what Manning Marable calls 'secular sainthood' . . . But Marable resists the temptation of hagiography and fills in the gaps left by previous books. He gives us Malcolm in all his self-contradiction and self-doubt' Yo Zushi, New Statesman
'Lucid, hugely researched and surely definitive . . . an extraordinary story' Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times
'Here at last is the meticulous portrait he deserves' Andrew Anthony, Observer

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Review: Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

User Review  - peter - Goodreads

A deeply researched and eminently readable biography. Marable has laid out the potential spaces for fiction and fact in the Autobiography. While it is possible to see this as a salacious book, I would ... Read full review

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User Review  - Maughn Gregory - Goodreads

For me, the most important thing about this book is that to read it is to discipline one's hero-worship into practical aspiration for self- and social struggle, because we see the hero as an ordinary ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

Manning Marable was Professor of History and Political Science at Columbia University and director of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies. He was the founding director of the Center for Contemporary Black History, established in 2002 and the Institute for Research in African-American Studies, where he served from 1993 to 2003. He died as the hardback of Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention was published. The book was a Finalist for the National Book Award 2011.

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