Biography & Autobiography. Religion & Spirituality. African American Nonfiction. Nonfiction. HTML: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.
I cannot agree with Malcolm X's proposed solution to black oppression: segregation and an
I think that, had he lived longer, Malcolm X may well have further revised his beliefs. The idea that all black people are like this, whilst all white people are like that, is obviously nonsense and the idea that racism only exists between black and white is just as untrue. Following his trip to the Hajj, he had pulled back on the all whites are evil argument but, this biography gives plenty of reasons as to why he should have originally held that view. One of the things that I found fascinating, and I would love to be able to discuss with 'X', is his attitude to women. It always intrigues me to see how an oppressed group can so clearly see the wrong done to them, but fail to see the error in their view of others. Malcolm X's opinion of women was pretty bad, even allowing for the fact that society in general had a less respectful attitude to the female position in society.
The book is a real eye opener as to how many non-white groups, both within and outside America, look upon the century's master race. The UK, too, is not without guilt in this area and if every white person were to read this, without necessarily agreeing, but at least accepting, that these views represent a sizable body of opinion, we would all be wiser.
Finally, a quote, from the book, which very few will expect to have come from the mouth of Malcolm X:
Men are attracted by spirit. By power, men are forced. Love is engendered by spirit. By power, anxieties are created.
Doesn't sound like the world's most dangerous man, does it?
The book is equally
The book will hook you immediately with dramatic scenes of Malcom's origins, his transition into criminality, his spiritual growth with the Nation of Islam. Problem with Malcom (for others), he never stopped growing to the displeasure of cohorts whose envy of him became pathological. Combine that with the zeal of the FBI and you have an assasination ladies and gentlemen. Dead so young and at the apex of his understanding and focus. What would the world have been like if Malcom X had lived?
Malcolm X brought that struggle to the attention of all the people of his era, even when other black leaders were going with the flow. Much of the progress that has been made in the last 30 odd years is due to him. He is an important figure in American history, and his autobiography is entertaining to read as well as educational. You can tell that he is very much trying to tell the truth about himself and not gloss over the unsavory parts, as well as refrain from making himself out to be a bigger hero than he is. A person could learn a lot from Malcolm X.
I can at least understand, if not necessarily condone, his divergence from King and the integrationist / civil rights movement after reading about what he and his family / friends went through as black Americans. I can see how one could come to the conclusions that he did, given his harrowing experience, even if I donâ€™t agree in the end. Of course, neither did he, in the end. Itâ€™s too bad he didnâ€™t live to finish his evolution as Al-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. It would have been a great ending to an already inspiring and gripping story.
I keep this on the same shelf as:
'Twelve Years a Slave' by Solomon Northup
'N*gg*r: An Autobiography' by Dick Gregory with Robert Lipsyte
'The Souls of Black Folks' by W. E. B. DuBois.
Fascinating look at one of the most influential men in one of the most turbulent times in America.
In conclusion, all the elements in Malcolmâ€™s story created one of the great African-American heroes that ever lived. By the end of his transformation Malcolm X had become a great leader not only for teaching the word of Islam, but also encouraging black people to take a stand against racism. Malcolm X gave powerful speech and carried on even after his leader Elijah and fellow Islamic brothers had left him in the dust. He kept a powerful message even to newspaper who called the Islamic black racists, fascists, communists, and supremacists. Malcolm X hid the truth from no one and honesty is a trait that everyone can look up to. Unfortunately, Malcolm X was assassinated on February 21,1965 by his fellow Islamic brothers in New York City. Even though Malcolm X may not physically here The Autobiography of Malcolm X carries the truth and message he wished to deliver for generation to generation.