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
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.
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.
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