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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  - Mennatallah Ahmed - Goodreads

As Malclom said "People don't realize how a man's whole life can be changed by one book" He was fascinating, a remarkably fascinating man ! Read full review

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User Review  - Jasmin Mustafic - Goodreads

It's imperative that you read this book. Malcolm's ideas are impossible to feel ambivalence towards, and regardless of your stances, you'll feel immense respect and awe at the tribulations he suffered ... Read full review

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User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

I'm not usually a big fan of biographies. And I have to admit I shamefully left this one sitting on my shelf for a long time after a friend gifted it to me. But I'm definitely glad I read it. Malcolm ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rachel Jackson - Goodreads

For all of the historical significance and influence this book appears to have in the American populace, among black and white folk alike, I struggle to understand how The Autobiography of Malcolm X ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sabrina - Goodreads

Hard to read @ the beginning, but stick with it. You'll be glad you did! I thought I knew about Malcolm X, but I only knew half the story. One of my favorite books! Read full review

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