I learned A LOT about Malcolm X even though I've read other books about him including his autobiography, but the tangents about other people just seemed to add unneeded information.
This book is jam-packed with information not only about Malcolm X, but people around him and a history of black nationalism in the United States. Unfortunately, unlike Doris Kearns Goodwin, the author is unable to make it interesting. I learned a lot, but it was a slog.
Good story with clumsy narration. How you tell it can make an enormous difference. I would love a redo.
I've heard much about this book and the life of Malcolm X. I think it's a must-read for anyone dealing with history, public relations, religion, civil right movement; it's definitely a must-read for Americans in general.
The above quote was from the autobiography of St. Augustine.
The book is thorough and well researched. More importantly, it paints a clear picture of the man with all his human failings. Attempts to attribute sainthood to him are misguided in my opinion, for while he was a great spokesman for his cause, he was still "just a man."
To see his later views after his split from the NOI as a slow and logical evolution of his intellectual thought and spiritual growth is far more authentic - and hence more inspiring to us "mere mortals" - than the popular notions of divine revelation.
learned a lot. had no real idea about Malcom X true history other than what I gathered from pop culture. truly insightful. wished the audio was recorded louder. other than that it was a good performance.
There are so many layers to Malcolm X. It is like soap opera with many twists and turns.
His relationship with his wife, Elijah Muhammad, and others. It gives a 360 view of the man.
He did a great job internalizing each character in this great non-fiction works.
Dr. Marable Manning was a genius and his groundbreaking work on the life & times of my hero is second to none! The questions he has raised should set in motion doctoral projects for the balance of this century! As federal documents are finally released, perhaps the truth behind the conspiracy to kill El Hajj Malik El Shabazz will be revealed. The truth!!!
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.