The Autobiography of Malcolm X
With its first great victory in the landmark Supreme Court decision, Brown vs. Board of Education in 1954, the Civil Rights movement gained the powerful momentum it needed to sweep forward into its crucial decade, the 1960s. As voices of protest and change rose above the din of history and false promises, one sounded more urgently, more passionately than the rest. Malcolm X - once called the most dangerous man in America - challenged the world to listen and learn the truth as he experienced it. And his enduring message is as relevant today as when he first delivered it. This is the first hardcover edition of this classic autobiography since it was originally published in 1964. In its searing pages, Malcolm X the Muslim leader, firebrand, and anti-integrationist, tells the extraordinary story of his life and the growth of the Black Muslim movement to veteran writer and journalist Alex Haley. In a unique collaboration, Alex Haley worked with Malcolm X for nearly two years, interviewing, listening to, and understanding the most controversial leader of his time. Raised in Lansing, Michigan, Malcolm Little's road to world fame was as astonishing as it was unpredictable. After drifting from childhood poverty to petty crime, Malcolm found himself in jail. It was there that he came into contact with the teachings of a little-known Black Muslim leader named Elijah Muhammed. The newly renamed Malcolm X devoted himself body and soul to the teachings of Elijah Muhammed and the world of Islam, and became the Nation's foremost spokesman. When his own conscience forced him to break with Elijah Muhammed, Malcolm founded the Organization of Afro-American Unity, to reach African Americans across thecountry with an inspiring message of pride, power, and self-determination. The Autobiography of Malcolm X defines American culture and the African-American struggle for social and economic equality that has now become a battle for survival. His fascinating perspective on the lies and limitations of the American Dream, and the inherent racism in a society that denies its non-white citizens the opportunity to dream, gives extraordinary insight into the most urgent issue of our day. The Autobiography of Malcolm X stands as the definitive statement of a movement and a man whose work was never completed, but whose message is timeless. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand America.
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From World War I to Hitler's rise, the Jews in Germany had been increasingly
intermarrying. Many changed their names and many took other religions. Their
own Jewish religion, their own rich Jewish ethnic and cultural roots, they
anesthetized, and cut off . . . until they began thinking of themselves as "Germans.
" And the next thing they knew, there was Hitler, rising to power from the beer
halls— with his emotional "Aryan master race" theory. And right at hand for a
scapegoat was the ...
And the Jew is usually hypersensitive. I mean, you can't even say "Jew" without
him accusing you of anti-Semitism. I don't care what a Jew is professionally,
doctor, merchant, housewife, student, or whatever—first he, or she, thinks Jew.
Now, of course I can understand the Jew's hypersensitivity. For two thousand
years, religious and personal prejudices against Jews have been vented and
exercised, as strong as white prejudices against the non-white. But I know that
America's five ...
But I said at the same time I knew that the Jew played these roles for a very
careful strategic reason: the more prejudice in America could be focused upon
the Negro, then the more the white Gentiles' prejudice would keep diverted off the
Jew. I said that to me, one proof that all the civil rights posturing of so many Jews
wasn't sincere was that so often in the North the quickest segregationists were
Jews themselves. Look at practically everything the black man is trying to "
integrate" into ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Mitchell_Bergeson_Jr - LibraryThing
I read this one in recognition of Black History Month. It has been several years since I last read it. I love this book. It is a great read. It has a nice feel to it - very authentic. This is ... Read full review
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"You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom." — Malcolm X When I learned that the transcendent Alex Haley had co-authored The Autobiography of ... Read full review