Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History and a New York Times bestseller, the definitive biography of Malcolm X
Hailed as "a masterpiece" (San Francisco Chronicle), Manning Marable's acclaimed biography of Malcolm X finally does justice to one of the most influential and controversial figures of twentieth-century American history. Filled with startling new information and shocking revelations, Malcolm X unfolds a sweeping story of race and class in America. Reaching into Malcolm's troubled youth, it traces a path from his parents' activism as followers of Marcus Garvey through his own work with the Nation of Islam and rise in the world of black nationalism, and culminates in the never-before-told true story of his assassination. Malcolm X is a stunning achievement, the definitive work on one of our greatest advocates for social change.
It is truly a shame that Marable passed away just days before this epic masterwork reached stores. This is a book whose reputation preceded itself and would have required little promotion; allegations by Marable that Malcolm both participated in a homosexual encounter with an early patron and was unfaithful to his wife Betty had already raised the ire of two of Malcolm's daughters, as well as others in the black community for whom Malcolm X has been raised to near-sainthood over the 40-odd years since his assassination. But neither claim is based on much evidence, and neither takes away from the overall impact of the work. Indeed the towering achievement of this book, which took Marable almost two decades to complete, is his ability to present Malcolm X as a flawed, struggling human being, as much at odds with his government as with himself. Marable deftly follows the same narrative path as did Haley's autobiography, but filling in the gaps and fine-tuning the exaggerations of that best-selling volume. Combing through FBI and NYPD files, gathering Nation of Islam interviews, and fleshing out Malcolm's post-NOI activities abroad, Marable succeeds spectacularly in painting a broader and more complex portrait of a man constantly in search of himself and his place in America.
Good read, bad ebook
I'm about about a quarter through the book and I am fascinated by the story of a man often mentioned but perhaps not well understood. I specifically enjoy the author's treatment of the culture and characters comprising Malcolm's world. The quality of this ebook is very poor - glitches abound wherever apostrophes ought to be. Specific trouble where the letter "r" is followed by an apostrophe. I wouldn't have purchased this in ebook form if I'd known these sloppy errors ran rampant through the text.
This is no a bad Third Person Read
Please read with an open mind, especially when he’s contradicting Malcolm. After reading both biographies, Malcolm was nothing less than sharp and concoct so those contradictions are merely rhetoric imo apart of his plan. Again please read both biographies before final judgement.
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.