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    Malcolm: The Life of a Man Who Changed Black America (Paperback) By (author) Bruce Perry


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    DescriptionThis fascinating psychological portrait, strikingly different from the one given in the Autobiography, is of a man who was abused by both his parents, who never shook off the conflicts of his troubled youth, and whose internalized messages of racial ambivalence continued to plague him throughout his brilliant career. As no other book has done, Malcolm traces the entire life of this heroic figure, from his birth in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1925, his youthful struggles with deprivation and drug addiction, his life-threatening prison experience and conversion to Islam, through his emergence as a Muslim leader and spokesman for a restless America, and finally to his death by assassination. Exhaustively researched, this first comprehensive biography of Malcolm X is based on the oral and written accounts of over 400 people who knew him, as well as government files and Malcolm's letters. ..".paints a rich, full, and fair portrait of the man...what it gives us is not a diminished Malcolm, for his heroism, his brilliance...charm...wit...necessity have never been as sympathetically or absorbingly rendered."-The Los Angeles Times

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    The Life of a Man Who Changed Black America
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Bruce Perry
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 560
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 44 mm
    Weight: 757 g
    ISBN 13: 9780882681214
    ISBN 10: 0882681214

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21600
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.0
    BIC E4L: SOC
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JFSL3, JPVH
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET020
    Ingram Theme: ETHN/AFROAM
    BISAC V2.8: REL037000
    B&T Approval Code: A16702500
    BISAC V2.8: BIO002000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: BP223.Z8L5
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 297/.87/092
    DC12A: 323.1092
    LC classification: BP223.Z8 L5766 1992
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    Station Hill Press
    Imprint name
    Station Hill Press
    Publication date
    01 January 1995
    Publication City/Country
    Review text
    Perry (ed., The Last Speeches of Malcolm X - not reviewed) uses hundreds of interviews, government records, and Malcolm X's own speeches and letters to present a lively, critical biography of the black nationalist hero. Unlike the politically correct model-parents in The Autobiography of Malcolm X (actually written by Alex Haley), Perry says Malcolm X's irresponsible father and dictatorial yet emotionally feeble mother raised him in a "loveless" family. Malcolm X's views on race began to form as his brothers ridiculed him as "a freak of nature" for his light skin and hair. Perry praises his subject's self-discipline, oratorical skills, and appeal but underlines his deep insecurity, misogyny, and self-destructive tendencies. From his childhood scrapes to the day of his assassination, Malcolm X, Perry repeatedly asserts, defended others "with a determination that had been completely absent when he had been called to defend himself." During his career as the national spokesman for the Nation of Islam, and his subsequent organizing work after his split with Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X's success, Perry says, was due in part to self-hatred, which he drew on to "liberate his ardent followers from the kind of conflict about skin color that had afflicted him all his life." A complex portrait that successfully illuminates the inner conflicts that drove Malcolm X to greatness and destruction. (Kirkus Reviews)