Selected by The New York Times Book Review as a
Notable Book of the Year
Years in the making-the definitive biography of the
legendary black activist.
Of the great figure in twentieth-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 thirty-nine. 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
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 fifties and sixties. 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.