The Autobiography of Malcolm X

X, Malcolm

Book - 1992
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Written by Alex Haley from conversations with the Negro leader over a period of two years before his death.

Publisher: New York : One World/Ballantine Books, 1992
Edition: 1st Ballantine Books trade ed
ISBN: 0345376714
Branch Call Number: B-X12a 1992
Characteristics: xv, 527 p. ;,21 cm
Additional Contributors: Haley, Alex


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The Autobiography of Malcolm X explains how Malcolm X came to be – it is the creation of Malcolm X. I
think every American should read it.

Like Tim Wise's book, White Like Me, The Autobiography of Malcolm explains how he came to be -- it's the creation of Malcolm X. Everyone should read it at least once.

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Nov 18, 2014
  • redban rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Fascinating autobiography of a transformation, makes you really wonder where Malcolm X's ideas would be had he lived longer.

Jun 28, 2013
  • lou687 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Hard to read, but good.

Jun 05, 2013

I actually read this book in the 7th grade, and Malcolm X remains a key individual ib my life. My son as he gets older will also learn more about him. I want to read it again just to refresh my memory a bit.

Apr 26, 2013

It is a true eye opener into a man's life from self destruction to his own rise to become one of the greatest figures of the 20th Century. A true insight into the questions of race, racial separatism, discrimination(s), the on going debate(s) about race, and how it all affected Malcolm X. This should be required reading for anyone. Also, note that this book is still, incredibly, been banned from many school districts around the country. This only shows that still, much more needs to be done.

Apr 25, 2013
  • jennrose rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I was 17 when i first read this book and dare i say it changed my life. there are few books i can say that about. The other is Night by Elie Weisel. The world would be a better place if all of humanity would read these two books! Of course they are devastating reads but as Kafka says, "we need books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. That is my belief.”

Jan 18, 2012

Can be picked up by Cenchrea Duckworth

Jul 11, 2011
  • patienceandfortitude rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This was a challenging read for me, because I am a Christian, white, woman and because I recognize that many of the racial and social justice issues that Malcolm X addressed are still very much in play. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to think about these issues historically and in the present. In spite of having an Obama presidency, the legacy of racism and slavery in America has not gone away. We've still got a long way to go to learn to see beyond color and try to make amends for our past sins against our brothers and sisters.


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Jun 07, 2013
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Jun 30, 2014
  • Levi_1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"I’ve had enough of someone else’s propaganda.…I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole." Chp 19


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