Beatrice Gormley, a prolific author of biographies for young people, captures Malcolm X's growth: his youth as a petty criminal; jailhouse conversion to the Nation of Islam; marriage to Betty Shabazz, which yielded four children; break with Elijah Muhammad and embrace of traditional Islam; and assassination in Harlem's Audubon Ballroom.
A clear and concise presentation of Malcolm Little, more widely known as Malcolm X or el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz, American Muslim minister and human rights activist. Born in 1925. Assassinated in 1965. It records his entire life from the burning of his house at the age of four, his father's early support of Marcus Garvey, his self-destructive youth, his 6.5 years in prison, conversion to Islam, his work with Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam, his mind-altering experiences in Mecca in 1964 and finally his assassination in 1965. Not only his life but also the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s is outlined step by step. Very well done.
The audiobook narration by Jay Snyder was exceptional. Slow, clear and easy to follow.
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One of the greatest books I ever heard. It's a lot more fast track than "By any means necessary". Can't wait to read the autobiography.