ONE OF TIME’S TEN MOST IMPORTANT NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
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. His 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
“Extraordinary . . . a brilliant, painful, important book.”—The New York Times
“This book will have a permanent place in the literature of the Afro-American struggle.”—I. F. Stone
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
There’s Martin and there’s Malcolm. Alex Haley, the author of Roots, helped compile the fiery Black revolutionary’s memoir, drawing from extensive interviews conducted shortly before his 1965 assassination. From Malcolm’s tragic childhood to his early days as a street hustler in Boston and New York, this intense and compelling book helps us see the world through the eyes of a young man who internalized society’s limitations and stereotypes—and then began to challenge them. We follow him to prison, where he reads voraciously and pursues his lifelong hunger for knowledge. It’s amazing to witness Malcolm X—writer, activist, and leader—find his path. The Autobiography of Malcolm X is a crucial introduction to the ideas of the revolutionary wing of the Black Power movement—and the fascinating man behind them.
Growth, Discovery, and Re-invention
Malcom X in his own words. What more do do you need to know?
Amazing timeless read
I’ve put this book off for almost 2 decades but I am happy to have picked it up after all the summer marches and movement for freedom picked up in 2020. Such a refreshing read and crazy that some things still haven’t changed. I highly recommend it. This should be a school “must read” book for students.
Every black man in America should read
Great book opened my mind to another level that I didn’t know was there