Autobiography Of Malcolm X

by Malcolm X

Random House Publishing Group | October 12, 1987 | Mass Market Paperbound

Autobiography Of Malcolm X is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5.
ONE OF TIME’S TEN MOST IMPORTANT NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
 
With its first great victory in the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, the civil rights movement gained the powerful momentum it needed to sweep forward into its crucial decade, the 1960s. As voices of protest and change rose above the din of history and false promises, one voice sounded more urgently, more passionately, than the rest. Malcolm X—once called the most dangerous man in America—challenged the world to listen and learn the truth as he experienced it. And his enduring message is as relevant today as when he first delivered it.
 
In the searing pages of this classic autobiography, originally published in 1964, Malcolm X, the Muslim leader, firebrand, and anti-integrationist, tells the extraordinary story of his life and the growth of the Black Muslim movement to veteran writer and journalist Alex Haley . In a unique collaboration, Haley worked with Malcolm X for nearly two years, interviewing, listening to, and understanding the most controversial leader of his time.
 
Raised in Lansing, Michigan, Malcolm Little journeyed on a road to fame as astonishing as it was unpredictable. Drifting from childhood poverty to petty crime, Malcolm found himself in jail. It was there that he came into contact with the teachings of a little-known Black Muslim leader renamed Elijah Muhammad. The newly renamed Malcolm X devoted himself body and soul to the teachings of Elijah Muhammad and the world of Islam, becoming the Nation’s foremost spokesman. When his conscience forced him to break with Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm founded the Organization of Afro-American Unity to reach African Americans across the country with an inspiring message of pride, power, and self-determination.
 
The Autobiography of Malcolm X defines American culture and the African American struggle for social and economic equality that has now become a battle for survival. Malcolm’s fascinating perspective on the lies and limitations of the American Dream, and the inherent racism in a society that denies its nonwhite citizens the opportunity to dream, gives extraordinary insight into the most urgent issues of our own time.
 
The Autobiography of Malcolm X stands as the definitive statement of a movement and a man whose work was never completed but whose message is timeless. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand America.
 
Praise for The Autobiography of Malcolm X
 
“Malcolm X’s autobiography seemed to offer something different. His repeated acts of self-creation spoke to me; the blunt poetry of his words, his unadorned insistence on respect, promised a new and uncompromising order, martial in its discipline, forged through sheer force of will.”—Barack Obama, Dreams from My Father

“Extraordinary . . . a brilliant, painful, important book.”The New York Times
 
“A great book . . . Its dead level honesty, its passion, its exalted purpose, will make it stand as a monument to the most painful truth.”The Nation
 
“The most important book I’ll ever read, it changed the way I thought, it changed the way I acted. It has given me courage I didn’t know I had inside me. I’m one of hundreds of thousands whose lives were changed for the better.”—Spike Lee
 
“This book will have a permanent place in the literature of the Afro-American struggle.”—I. F. Stone

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 496 pages, 6.9 × 4.16 × 1.06 in

Published: October 12, 1987

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345350685

ISBN - 13: 9780345350688

Found in: People of Colour

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful, Difficult, and Mesmerising This was a very hard book to read. It took me so long because I really had to fully absorb what it was that I was reading. I don't regret any of the time spent, however. Malcolm X's autobiography is angry, and justifiably so. But it also holds a hope that even the most angry can be vindicated. Malcolm X's powerful words and powerful philosophy resonates deep, even with me, a white woman. Reading it, I felt the cowl of confusion and misunderstanding lifted from my eyes, and now I can really and truly understand the depth of the civil rights struggle, one that is still ongoing today. There is alot that I don't agree with. However, I can also understand the reasoning behind his words and his anger. Malcolm X was stolen from the movement way too soon, but I'm glad his words live on for generations in the future. His words are timeless, still relating to today, but they also urge anyone reading them to make what he experienced ancient history. And now that I know more, I plan to do my best.
Date published: 2009-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Who Everyone Should Want to Be I have read this biography at least three times over the past decade and my respect for Malcolm's courage, defiance and strength increases each time. He is a true inspiration to anyone who believes in themselves and is an example of what can be accomplished by any one person when driven toward a singular goal. Truly, his actions and accomplishments can still be felt today.
Date published: 2008-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A LIFE-ALTERING EXPERIENCE When I first read this book, I was 18 years old, sharing a run-down old apartment with an old friend, and had little hope for the future I wanted. Since then, I became the first person in my family to attend university, was a strong political activist, made a family of my own, and am now seeking a career in politics. Malcolm was one of the few GREAT civil rights leaders and speakers in American history. Because of him, an Afro-American culture, first introduced by Marcus Garvey, took full bloom throughout the 70's and continues today. Though I am a white man, I found in this story the guidance I needed to seek my own identity and to never be afraid to speak the truth regardless of it's consequences. As Malcolm once said, "When you're right, you're right. And when you're right, you can't ever be wrong." You need to read this book.
Date published: 2007-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! Malcolm X thank u 4 standing up [R.I.P] This book is truly a EXCELLENT book. I must say i was truly touch and deeply moved my this novel. it made me look at life not only my life but the society around me and how i could bring a change just by simply standing up for what was right and what i believed in. Just want to say thank u Malcolm and many others for ur stand for the black race so that a young black person like me could be free. i think that anyone black or white who would like to learn and be touched by this book as i have please consider reading this book i promise u it will be worth every single word. in honour of Malcolm always stand up for what is right!!!!! R.I.P WE LOVE U MALCOLM AND U STILL LIVE ON IN EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US TODAY.
Date published: 2006-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from X-ellent This is one of the greatest autobiographies I've ever read. The book is brutally honest, and is more ambitious than even Spike Lee's screenplay for the movie X. Malcolm's strong views and great orator skills are evident in this book,and even though one might not always agree with him, you can not question the man's conviction and integrity.
Date published: 2001-01-18

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Autobiography Of Malcolm X

by Malcolm X

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 496 pages, 6.9 × 4.16 × 1.06 in

Published: October 12, 1987

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345350685

ISBN - 13: 9780345350688

About the Book

Originally published by Grove Press in 1965.

From the Publisher

ONE OF TIME’S TEN MOST IMPORTANT NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
 
With its first great victory in the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, the civil rights movement gained the powerful momentum it needed to sweep forward into its crucial decade, the 1960s. As voices of protest and change rose above the din of history and false promises, one voice sounded more urgently, more passionately, than the rest. Malcolm X—once called the most dangerous man in America—challenged the world to listen and learn the truth as he experienced it. And his enduring message is as relevant today as when he first delivered it.
 
In the searing pages of this classic autobiography, originally published in 1964, Malcolm X, the Muslim leader, firebrand, and anti-integrationist, tells the extraordinary story of his life and the growth of the Black Muslim movement to veteran writer and journalist Alex Haley . In a unique collaboration, Haley worked with Malcolm X for nearly two years, interviewing, listening to, and understanding the most controversial leader of his time.
 
Raised in Lansing, Michigan, Malcolm Little journeyed on a road to fame as astonishing as it was unpredictable. Drifting from childhood poverty to petty crime, Malcolm found himself in jail. It was there that he came into contact with the teachings of a little-known Black Muslim leader renamed Elijah Muhammad. The newly renamed Malcolm X devoted himself body and soul to the teachings of Elijah Muhammad and the world of Islam, becoming the Nation’s foremost spokesman. When his conscience forced him to break with Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm founded the Organization of Afro-American Unity to reach African Americans across the country with an inspiring message of pride, power, and self-determination.
 
The Autobiography of Malcolm X defines American culture and the African American struggle for social and economic equality that has now become a battle for survival. Malcolm’s fascinating perspective on the lies and limitations of the American Dream, and the inherent racism in a society that denies its nonwhite citizens the opportunity to dream, gives extraordinary insight into the most urgent issues of our own time.
 
The Autobiography of Malcolm X stands as the definitive statement of a movement and a man whose work was never completed but whose message is timeless. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand America.
 
Praise for The Autobiography of Malcolm X
 
“Malcolm X’s autobiography seemed to offer something different. His repeated acts of self-creation spoke to me; the blunt poetry of his words, his unadorned insistence on respect, promised a new and uncompromising order, martial in its discipline, forged through sheer force of will.”—Barack Obama, Dreams from My Father

“Extraordinary . . . a brilliant, painful, important book.”—The New York Times
 
“A great book . . . Its dead level honesty, its passion, its exalted purpose, will make it stand as a monument to the most painful truth.”—The Nation
 
“The most important book I’ll ever read, it changed the way I thought, it changed the way I acted. It has given me courage I didn’t know I had inside me. I’m one of hundreds of thousands whose lives were changed for the better.”—Spike Lee
 
“This book will have a permanent place in the literature of the Afro-American struggle.”—I. F. Stone

From the Jacket

If there was any one man who articulated the anger, the struggle, and the beliefs of African Americans in the 1960s, that man was Malxolm X. His AUTOBIOGRAPHY is now an established classic of modern America, a book that expresses like none other the crucial truth about our times.
"Extraordinary. A brilliant, painful, important book."
TEH NEW YORKTIMES

About the Author

Alex Haley is the world-renowned author of Roots, which has sold six million hardcover copies and has been translated into thirty languages. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Alex Haley died in February 1992.

From Our Editors

A man motivated to right by the wrongs of others, Malcolm X left an indelible mark on the social and political conscience of America. His autobiography recounts the events, people and places that helped to shape his eventual vision. From his life of crime to his involvement with the Nation of Islam, it reveals a man who fought every step of the way. As he slowly evolves from a black separatist to a unifier, he teaches a compelling, if not accidental lesson on modern race relations. The Autobiography of Malcolm X is an invigorating read that shows firsthand the troubadour of social justice.

Editorial Reviews

“Malcolm X’s autobiography seemed to offer something different. His repeated acts of self-creation spoke to me; the blunt poetry of his words, his unadorned insistence on respect, promised a new and uncompromising order, martial in its discipline, forged through sheer force of will.”—Barack Obama, Dreams from My Father

“Extraordinary . . . a brilliant, painful, important book.”—The New York Times
 
“A great book . . . Its dead level honesty, its passion, its exalted purpose, will make it stand as a monument to the most painful truth.”—The Nation
 
“The most important book I’ll ever read, it changed the way I thought, it changed the way I acted. It has given me courage I didn’t know I had inside me. I’m one of hundreds of thousands whose lives were changed for the better.”—Spike Lee
 
“This book will have a permanent place in the literature of the Afro-American struggle.”—I. F. Stone