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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0345350685
ISBN-13: 9780345350688
Sku: 30049123
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.25H x 7.5L x 1.5T
Pages:  496
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Originally published by Grove Press in 1965.
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An autobiography of the Black Muslim leader Malcolm X.
Malcolm X was a controversial figure in the early sixties as one of the most forceful and eloquent spokesmen for African-Americans. In his writings and public appearances he addressed the issues of Black pride, separatism (a position he eventually renounced), and self-esteem. In the years prior to his assassination in 1965, he granted Alex Haley, author of ROOTS, a number of interviews. From these, Haley assembled this account of Malcolm X's short, turbulent life, candidly recalling his troubled upbringing and his sordid years on the streets. Born Malcolm Little, and known as Detroit Red during his years as a petty criminal in Harlem, Malcolm X managed to reinvent himself after a jailhouse conversion to Islam, an event he describes with rigorous honesty. He also includes an account of his life-changing pilgrimage to Mecca, as well as the rift with Elijah Muhammad and the Black Muslims that led to the formation of the Organization of Afro-American Unity. THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X enjoyed widespread readership among audiences of all races, and influenced everything from the Black Power movement in the 1960s to the hip-hop community a generation later. It has been an inspiration to prisoners and the oppressed for four decades, and has been a staple in schools and libraries, appearing on virtually every list of essential books relating to the African-American experience.


"The great revelation comes in the Epilogue by his perceptive and enormously skillful amanuensis, Alex Haley....Viewed in its complete historical context, this is indeed a great book. Its dead-level honesty, its passion, its exalted purpose, even its manifold unsolved ambiguities will make it stand as a monument to the most painful of truths: that this country, this people, this Western world has practiced unspeakable cruelty against a race, an individual, who might have made its fraudulent humanism a reality." - T. Nelson 11/08/1965

"Though Haley has captured Malcolm's style and Malcolm's anger, the book somehow is a curiously external record, a verbal kinescope that sheds little light on Malcolm's tormented soul. Yet it is filled with power and passion, as it follows the stations of Malcolm's journey from the cross to the crescent of Islam." 11/15/1965

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Product attributeBook Format:   Pocketbook
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0496
Product attributePublisher:   Ballantine Books
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