A wonderfully researched, excellently written book describing the several reinventions of Malcolm X throughout his life. The author paints a very clear picture of a very complex man and I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the man, myth, and legend that was Malcolm.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
Driving to the office the other day, while waiting for a traffic light to change, a well-dressed youngish black man offers a newspaper titled “The Final Call” to anyone willing to make a donation to its publication. “The Final Call” is the official paper of the “Nation of Islam” (NOI) that covers news worthy events of black America and proffers the philosophy of Elijah Muhammad, the founder of the NOI movement in the United States. “The Final Call” generates feelings of fear and hope. There is the fear of widening the gap between blacks and other races in America. There is the hope that black Americans will embrace belief in their ability to equal and exceed accomplishments of any race, creed, or color in America, as well as the world.
Malcolm X is not a saint in this biography. He is shown to be a political leader in transition that touches the nerves and lives of black and white America. Malcolm X lives and dies in American history’s faltering effort to become a true land of the free, with equality of opportunity for all. Malcolm X’s life story kindles fear and hope in a world populated by “all too human” human beings.
Audible obsessed lifelong learner.
This is a much different look at the life of Malcolm X as compared to that told by Alex Haley. The story of continual reinvention and standing up for what he believed in against all odds was very powerful. I do not see this work as a replacement for Haley’s book since that work gives insight of how Malcolm wanted to be seen but this is a good supplement text to read in addition to that work to get a deeper understanding of the events that made the man.
It is number 1 so far.
It gives deep root information beyond what I thought I would get.
When Malcom X started MMI and when he was over seas and saw how all people treated each other. Giving him a since of different treatment towards whites.
Getting to know Malcom X.
Yes. I'm fairly young, and didn't know a lot about the 1950's and 60's or the Civil Rights movement before listening to this book. What I did know revolved around MLK, Rosa Parks, etc - mainstream history. This book really helped me gain an understanding of the history, actions, and motivations of Malcolm X. I empathize a lot more with him and his place in history. Great book.
Not really applicable.
Spike Lee already did it :-)
You might like this if you're more familiar with the era. Coming into this I knew nothing about Malcolm except for what I'd heard, and I guess I was expecting more. I didn't really find Malcolm to be an interesting guy at all based on how he was presented in this book.
The book just seemed to be filled with boring minutia about Malcolm instead of what made people so enthralled with him, which is what I was more interested.
Even though I didn't like the book the Narrator was pretty good and I would listen to him again.
I'm sorry, I know the author has passed away and feel strange questioning his work as he can't answer for himself. But as I listened to parts of this I did question some of the research and wonder if it was just added for shock value and to sell books. I won't name items as I don't want to ruin the book for others but will warn, unless you can or is willing to validate some of the claims made by the author than take them with a grain of salt. Other than that the book was well organized, a bit long in places but a good tool for anyone doing scholarly research into the life of Malcolm X or the NOI / FOI / MGT. I just couldn't give it 4 stars with so many questions lingering in my head.
I give the book four stars but based on the strength of Malcolm X I raised the rating to five stars.
The book is well researched and thorough but it lacks the fire and zeal you can feel from Malcom X's life and personality. It seems to be almost scholarly.
I admire and respect both Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. for giving their lives to the betterment of their people. It seems to me that Martin Luther King, Jr. chose better mentors (Jesus Christ and Gandhi) and a better philosophy (peaceful, non-violent confrontation) and thus had a much greater and more positive impact for his people and for America overall. If Malcom X had chosen a similar path he would have left a much more positive legacy and impact. In the end I felt sorry for him and for the loss we all suffered because of his choices.