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.
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.
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.
Better is not the right word. Complementary. Mixed media is how I read now.I buy both the audio edition and the first edition hardcover of a book when both are available. I live with the book in my ear in the car and on my walks with my Cali early morning and late night. I curl up with the hardcover when I get back in the house for a bit of each day. Audio makes it possible for me to read more of the books I want to every day. If I did not understand a section the first time, it is a pleasure to be able to back up a chapter and hear it again.Marable has researched and interviewed and served up more of Malcolm X than I ever imagined. I became as tortured and trapped as he must have felt as the end of his life approached. I shared the joy of his broadening through his travels. The respect and honor of a head of state bestowed upon him -- I was proud and glad for him. I like the other lives Marable chronicles. Men with feet of clay were hard to see in that way, but truthful. The struggles in Cuba, in South America, in Africa, in China are well depicted alongside Malcolm's life. I could not put this book down until it was done. Highly recommend to anyone who grew up in these times and remember the shock of the several assasinations. It hurt as much as if it were your father, your brother, your son shot down in their youth. 39 years old.Please read this book. Listening is great reading.
The Invisible Line, The Warmth of Other Suns, the original Malcolm X Haley version, The Coldest Winter. The New Jim Crow. I like to read history or non-fiction that reads like a novel.
The narration is engaging, full of inflection that highlight the big transitions and transformations in Malcolm's life. Well done. Returning to the audio is like returning to a the storytelling of a dear friend.
The opening prologue was eye opening. I hadn't realized Malcolm X never had a chance to read the finished manuscript. I hadn't realized Haley had a point of view that may not have been shared by Malcolm. That there were chapters eliminated and others added to the manuscript was news.The brutal killing of Malcolm's father. The horror that was his mother's life. The sad marriage Betty and Malcolm had. Very moving portrayals.