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THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

He was called Malcolm Little at birth; he was buried as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz; but he lived most of his life as Malcolm X and was the most rabid racist of his time while he ran counter to the movement which dominated it. As he said over the cups of coffee cum cream he drank with Alex Haley (who took down this story and contributes a long epilogue), it "was the only thing I like integrated" His ... Read full review

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This book provides a completely different image of the civil rights movement than the one I was fed as a child growing up in northern California suburbia. I remember watching films of the march on Washington, of King's "I have a Dream" speech, and of people singing "We Shall Overcome" in unison. It painted a rosy image of a movement that drastically changed the US for the better.
Malcolm X's autobiography isn't rosy, or sweet, or full of unison voices. It is a much more real and raw depiction of the time. And because of that, it is much more educational. It should be required reading for every American citizen, regardless of color.
 

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Malcolm X's life is a fascinating life. I have observed it is a life of transformation, moving from a criminal to a political/religious activist in the Nation of Islam to a transcendent non-racist after his time in Mecca. Later in the book he said his "life
was a series of changes".
The middle part of the book was hard to read since that's when he was his most hateful.
I was impressed reading that he was so poor he had to borrow money to go to Mecca. The book even said "Malcolm X died a poor man." I think that is a sign of integrity and realness. So many political figures get rich but Malcolm X didn't. That's the type of
political figure I want to be. The book also mentioned how he always was connected to the people instead of getting away from the people like too many other prominent figures got away from the people.
The split between Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam represented the fact that Malcolm X was growing while the Nation of Islam was staying the same. He grew out of that organization and good for him. He faced severe consequences for being true to himself,
including those which ultimately led to his assassination.
I saw the movie years ago and it has stayed with me like few other movies do. The book is even better than the movie! Don't just stay with the movie; go for the book!
Malcolm X's life has a lot to teach all of us! I admire his growth, his realness, his integrity, his boldness.
 

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The best book I ever read!!! It changed a lot of my views in understanding the history and philosophy of the black men. It is well written. More importantly I know now more on the power of leadership, words and books and how with these influences people can reinvent their whole life! A masterpiece!!! Must read in a lifetime!! 

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One of the greatest books of all time.This is definitely a must read!

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User Review  - Siddharth Sainath - Goodreads

Malcolm X, a very honest and truthful writing, you will be able to feel this as you read through the book. This guy had done a lot of things in a span of 10 years, whereas people have taken a whole ... Read full review

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User Review  - Biola - Goodreads

Religion and politics, recipe for disaster. Read full review

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User Review  - Dennis Greene - Goodreads

An extremely important document of the evolution of one of the most important American socio-political thinkers of the twentieth century. Read full review

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User Review  - Brian - Goodreads

At no other time or place in the world's history would Malcolm X have become a "leader" in any sense of the word. I was hoping to learn so much more from this biography. Unfortunately, the repeated lesson throughout was on his ego and the repeated confirmation of his arrested development. Read full review

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User Review  - Danny Marcalo - Goodreads

I am not black, hell I am not even American. Still, this was an exciting and intense read. Never will I believe that Malcolm was the humble servant that he professes he is in this book. This was a ... Read full review

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