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.