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Publisher Description

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.

Biographies & Memoirs
G. Valmont Thomas
hr min
March 8
Penguin Audio

Customer Reviews

cassfree79 ,

Buy this for everyone you know!!!!

This book is beyond amazing so far, and the voice that narrates does and incredible job as well...this will certainly replace all of the books in university's as the definitive bio of Malcolm X...thank you Manning Marable and his family, I wish you could have lived long enough so we could have heard your continuing thoughts about this heroic icon!

BLD8 ,


Excellent piece of work by Dr, Marable. He truly fills in the gaps of Malcolm's life that the autobiography misses or was edited out. This work does an excellent job of presenting Malcolm's ever changing development and is a gift for those who admire him. We get a much clearer understanding of the workings of the Nation of Islam, Malcolm's home life, his sacrifice, his religious development, and his organizational skills. I am truly "WOWED" by the in-depth research and Dr. Marable's ability to connect the dots for the reader/listener. Excellent narration as well. Incredible contribution to world history. Thank you Dr. Marable... Thank you!

Doug19788 ,

Great Read

Fair and balanced book about Malcom X. It portrayed him as the complicated man he was.

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