Pulitzer Prize, History, 2012
Years in the making, this is the definitive biography of the legendary black activist. Of the great figures in 20th-century American history, perhaps none is more complex and controversial than Malcolm X. Constantly rewriting his own story, he became a criminal, a minister, a leader, and an icon, all before being felled by assassins' bullets at age 39. Through his tireless work and countless speeches, he empowered hundreds of thousands of black Americans to create better lives and stronger communities while establishing the template for the self-actualized, independent African American man. In death, he became a broad symbol of both resistance and reconciliation for millions around the world.
Manning Marable's new biography of Malcolm is a stunning achievement. Filled with new information and shocking revelations that go beyond the Autobiography, Malcolm X unfolds a sweeping story of race and class in America, from the rise of Marcus Garvey and the Ku Klux Klan to the struggles of the civil-rights movement in the 50s and 60s. Reaching into Malcolm's troubled youth, it traces a path from his parents' activism through his own engagement with the Nation of Islam, charting his astronomical rise in the world of Black Nationalism and culminating in the never-before-told true story of his assassination.
Malcolm X will stand as the definitive work on one of the most singular forces for social change, capturing with revelatory clarity a man who constantly strove, in the great American tradition, to remake himself anew.
©2011 Manning Marable (P)2011 Penguin
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.
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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 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.
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