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Autobiography of Malcolm X

ISBN-10: 0345376714
ISBN-13: 9780345376718
Edition: 1965
Authors: Malcolm X, Malcolm X
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Description: "Extraordinary. A brilliant, painful, and important book." THE NEW YORK TIMES If there was any one man who articulated the anger, the struggle, and the beliefs of African Americans in the 1960s, that man was Malcolm X. His AUTOBIOGRAPHY is the  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 1965
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/15/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

"Extraordinary. A brilliant, painful, and important book." THE NEW YORK TIMES If there was any one man who articulated the anger, the struggle, and the beliefs of African Americans in the 1960s, that man was Malcolm X. His AUTOBIOGRAPHY is the result of a unique collaboration between Alex Haley and Malcolm X, whose voice and philosophy resonate from every page, just as his experience and his intelligence continue to speak to millions.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, and the son of a Baptist minister, Malcolm Little grew up with violence. Whites killed several members of his family, including his father. As a youngster, he went to live with a sister in Boston where he started a career of crime that he continued in New York's Harlem as a drug peddler and pimp. While serving a prison term for burglary in 1952, he converted to Islam and undertook an intensive program of study and self-improvement, movingly detailed in "Autobiography of Malcolm X." He wrote constantly to Elijah Muhammad (Elijah Poole, 1897--1975), head of the black separatist Nation of Islam, which already claimed the loyalty of several of his brothers and sisters. Upon release from prison, Little went to Detroit, met with Elijah Muhammad, and dropped the last name Little, adopting X to symbolize the unknown African name his ancestors had been robbed of when they were enslaved. Soon he was actively speaking and organizing as a Muslim minister. In his angry and articulate preaching, he condemned white America for its treatment of blacks, denounced the integration movement as black self-delusion, and advocated black control of black communities. During the turbulent 1960's, he was seen as inflammatory and dangerous. In 1963, a storm broke out when he called President Kennedy's assassination a case of "chickens coming home to roost," meaning that white violence, long directed against blacks, had now turned on itself. The statement was received with fury, and Elijah Muhammad denounced him publicly. Shocked and already disillusioned with the leader because of his reputed involvement with several women, Malcolm X went on a pilgrimage to Mecca and then traveled to several African countries, where he was received as a fellow Muslim. When he returned home, he was bearing a new message: Islam is a religion that welcomes and unites people of all races in the Oneness of Allah. On the night of February 21, 1965, as he was preaching at Harlem's Audubon Ballroom, he was assassinated.

Introduction
Nightmare
Mascot
"Homeboy"
Laura
Harlemite
Detroit Red
Hustler
Trapped
Caught
Satan
Saved
Savior
Minister Malcolm X
Black Muslims
Icarus
Out
Mecca
El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz
1965
Alex Haley: Epilogue
Ossie Davis: On Malcolm X

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