Autobiography of Malcolm X

Autobiography of Malcolm X

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By (author) Malcolm X, With Alex Haley

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 528 pages
  • Dimensions: 164mm x 246mm x 42mm | 820g
  • Publication date: 1 October 1992
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0345379756
  • ISBN 13: 9780345379757
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Sales rank: 214,665

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A great book. Its dead level honesty, its passion, its exalted purpose will make it stand as a monument to the most painful truth. This hardcover edition of the modern classic, "The Autobiography of Malcolm X," 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 on the greatest issue of our day: the ongoing African-American struggle for social and economic equality.

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

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

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With its first great victory in the landmark Supreme Court decision, Brown vs. Board of Education in 1954, the Civil Rights movement gained the powerful momentum it needed to sweep forward into its crucial decade, the 1960s. As voices of protest and change rose above the din of history and false promises, one sounded more urgently, more passionately than the rest. Malcolm X - once called the most dangerous man in America - challenged the world to listen and learn the truth as he experienced it. And his enduring message is as relevant today as when he first delivered it. This is the first hardcover edition of this classic autobiography since it was originally published in 1964. In its searing pages, Malcolm X the Muslim leader, firebrand, and anti-integrationist, tells the extraordinary story of his life and the growth of the Black Muslim movement to veteran writer and journalist Alex Haley. In a unique collaboration, Alex Haley worked with Malcolm X for nearly two years, interviewing, listening to, and understanding the most controversial leader of his time. Raised in Lansing, Michigan, Malcolm Little's road to world fame was as astonishing as it was unpredictable. After drifting from childhood poverty to petty crime, Malcolm found himself in jail. It was there that he came into contact with the teachings of a little-known Black Muslim leader named Elijah Muhammed. The newly renamed Malcolm X devoted himself body and soul to the teachings of Elijah Muhammed and the world of Islam, and became the Nation's foremost spokesman. When his own conscience forced him to break with Elijah Muhammed, Malcolm founded the Organization of Afro-American Unity, to reach African Americans across thecountry with an inspiring message of pride, power, and self-determination. The Autobiography of Malcolm X defines American culture and the African-American struggle for social and economic equality that has now become a battle for survival. His fascinating perspective on the lies and limitations of the American Dream, and the inherent racism in a society that denies its non-white citizens the opportunity to dream, gives extraordinary insight into the most urgent issue of our day. 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.

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"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 This hardcover edition of the modern classic, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X, 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 on the greatest issue of our day: the ongoing African-American struggle for social and economic equality.