A Life of Reinvention
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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 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 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.
It seems that this author was painstakingly thorough in his treatment of the topic.
Great book, shoddy publisher
The book is superb - no complaints there. But the iBooks edition suffers from a sloppy electronic conversion, so the publisher rates 0 stars for their "effort." Come on guys, can't you figure out how to convert apostrophes and dashes into the electronic version?? Considering that this edition costs almost as much as the hardcover, it's unforgivable.
Everyone should read this new book entitled, "By Any Means Necessary, Malcolm X- Real not Reinvented". A collection of writings by over 30 scholars as a response to Manning Marable's book. Edited by Herb Boyd, Ron Daniels, Maulana Karenga and Haki R. Madhubuti