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The Autobiography of Malcolm X (Mass Market)

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This is my second time reading this book. The first time I read it was
maybe ten years ago. It’s interesting to read it again older, as opposed
to a younger, more impressionable version of myself. I remember reading
it before and being all, ‘yeah! right on!’ I still think that, but now
I’m able to see the extreme bias in his words. It’s fascinating. I’m
looking forward to reading the Pulitzer Prize winning biography that was
written about him. Before, I didn’t understand why they would bother
with his autobiography being out there. This time, I see how complicated
of a man he really was. There has to be more to what happened than just
his side of the story. We are going to have a lot to talk about at book
club.

— Consuelo

This is my second time reading this book. The first time I read it was maybe ten years ago. It’s interesting to read it again older, as opposed to a younger, more impressionable version of myself. I remember reading it before and being all, ‘yeah! right on!’ I still think that, but now I’m able to see the extreme bias in his words. It’s fascinating. I’m looking forward to reading the Pulitzer Prize winning biography that was written about him. Before, I didn’t understand why they would bother with his autobiography being out there. This time, I see how complicated of a man he really was. There has to be more to what happened than just his side of the story. We are going to have a lot to talk about at book club. --Consuelo

— From Consuelo's Picks

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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

“Malcolm X’s autobiography seemed to offer something different. His repeated acts of self-creation spoke to me; the blunt poetry of his words, his unadorned insistence on respect, promised a new and uncompromising order, martial in its discipline, forged through sheer force of will.”—Barack Obama, Dreams from My Father

“Extraordinary . . . a brilliant, painful, important book.”The New York Times

“A great book . . . Its dead level honesty, its passion, its exalted purpose, will make it stand as a monument to the most painful truth.”The Nation

“The most important book I’ll ever read, it changed the way I thought, it changed the way I acted. It has given me courage I didn’t know I had inside me. I’m one of hundreds of thousands whose lives were changed for the better.”—Spike Lee

“This book will have a permanent place in the literature of the Afro-American struggle.”—I. F. Stone

About the Author


Alex Haley is the world-renowned author of Roots, which has sold six million hardcover copies and has been translated into thirty languages. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Alex Haley died in February 1992.

Praise For…


“Malcolm X’s autobiography seemed to offer something different. His repeated acts of self-creation spoke to me; the blunt poetry of his words, his unadorned insistence on respect, promised a new and uncompromising order, martial in its discipline, forged through sheer force of will.”—Barack Obama, Dreams from My Father

“Extraordinary . . . a brilliant, painful, important book.”The New York Times
 
“A great book . . . Its dead level honesty, its passion, its exalted purpose, will make it stand as a monument to the most painful truth.”The Nation
 
“The most important book I’ll ever read, it changed the way I thought, it changed the way I acted. It has given me courage I didn’t know I had inside me. I’m one of hundreds of thousands whose lives were changed for the better.”—Spike Lee
 
“This book will have a permanent place in the literature of the Afro-American struggle.”—I. F. Stone
Product Details
ISBN: 9780345350688
ISBN-10: 0345350685
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: October 12th, 1987
Pages: 496
Language: English