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4.41 of 5 stars 4.41  ·  rating details  ·  2,833 ratings  ·  48 reviews
These are the major speeches made by Malcolm X during the last eight tumultuous months of his life. In this short period of time, his vision for abolishing racial inequality in the United States underwent a vast transformation. Beginning with his break from the Black Muslims, he moved increasingly away from the dogmas of black nationalism, separatism, and violent revolutio ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 21st 1986 by Grove/Atlantic (first published 1965)
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Chris Day
Considering the limited number of work by Brother Malcolm, this collection is invaluable. After leaving the Nation of Islam, not much is made of Malcolm's time between leaving, his hajj to Mecca, and his assassination; "Malcolm X Speaks" covers Malcolm's philosophical and political maturation as documented in press conferences, speeches, lectures, interviews, etc. From his early stages as a Black Nationalist to full on militant socialist, this collection gives an unprecedented insight into the m ...more
Abdullah Sayed
Malcolm X Speaks is an amazing documentation of the work and life of Malcolm X. It describes how many of his beliefs and ideas changed through his life, and changed his views on the world. The book has a simple structure that makes it efficient, and understandable. All the major speeches are included in the book, each one starting with an introduction and description written by the author George Breitman. I immensely enjoyed the book as it allowed me to see how Malcolm X changed through out his ...more
Marc
Malcolm X sadly gets less recognition than he deserves. I've always liked Malcolm more than King mainly because I believe with his line of reasoning and with the fact that Malcolm realized that he was wrong about white people. While I have read the autobiography and see the movie and a documentary or two, I still felt like I didn't get to know about the man.

I bought this book because I not only wanted to hear the words of Malcolm X, but I wanted to take them all in context. There is a little bit
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Jack Wolfe
For historical import, this is of course five stars. As a reading experience I'm giving it just four because Malcolm's strengths as an orator don't always translate well to print. The man had a rhetorical style like no other, and you can definitely hear his voice in his words. Still, he was not a supremely gifted writer like Martin Luther King, and after a while, these transcribed speeches get a little... I don't know... predictable? Take one of these speeches on its own, and its hard not to be ...more
Sean
This is an excellent collection of some of Malcolm X's most important speeches. However, a few omit sizeable selections from some of the speeches, much of the time leaving out important parts. Still, this is one of the best books on Malcolm X's political thought there is, perhaps only surpassed by "By Any Means Necessary" by the same author.
Andrew
Feb 16, 2011 Andrew rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: marxists, commies, believers in human rights, conservatives
Malcolm X was a remarkably gifted public speaker, but there are a lot of gifted public speakers. What made X an orator, a leader, and a legend is that he actually had something to say. He has so many amazing phrases that you can ignore some of the tautologies and flaws in the rhetoric (or you can use the flaws to sharpen your own mind). The problem with reading a collection of speeches is the same as the problem with reading a collection of poetry: it is meant to be read aloud, so for someone li ...more
Kimberly
Malcom was able to draw from others experience as well as his own studies to shape and push ideas of black identity in the national dialogue in an intelligent, charasmatic, inspirational way. His speeches are the building blocks to his success and you know they say genius is in the details.
Crystal Belle
the ballot or the bullet speech is timeless and my favorite speech of the book.
Robert
Malcolm X is one of the most controversial figures in American history, yet you would be hard pressed to find many people today who have listened or read a speech by Malcolm X. Growing up, the Civil Rights Movement in my education was defined into two parts: MLK Jr. (nonviolence is the answer, etc) vs. Malcolm X (violence is okay). Even on a basic level getting away from the simplification, its deceiving to draw the lines like that. After all, Malcolm X was assassinated in '65, less than a year ...more
blake
Regardless of what I think about Malcolm X the man or the activist, this is an invaluable collection of speeches, interviews, and historical narrative that traces the evolution of his thought in his last year, maybe his most dynamic in terms of personal and political growth. While the speeches toward the end get repetitive, the first several are sharp, articulate, and nearly jump off the page with an angry energy. Several times while reading I wished I had been able to see him speak just once, b ...more
Tommy
Feb 08, 2008 Tommy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: american history fans, civil rights fans, revolutionaries
I find Malcolm X and his ideas fascinating and revolutionary. There are great aspects to this book and it is well worth reading to understand more completely one of the leader voices in the fight for racial equality.

It is extremely interesting to see how Malcolm's views change over time based on various experiences in his life but, as with anyone with a semi-consistent platform or cause, the themes tend to get worn and repeated. By the end Malcolm's words seem much less fresh. I would strongly s
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Bearclaw
I have heard others talk about Malcolm like he was the plague. I've heard these speaks before and they are brought to you in a nice easy to read package. I'm also from the north that enbodies protection of our rights by all means. MLK and Malcolm fought on the same side with a mighty one two punch. You read this you begin to understand American Wasechu were awful in his day. My family has stories of rape, boarding schools, and murder w/o justice. In those times it was hard to stand tall and brav ...more
Guillaume Marceau
My favorite bit so far (which actually appears quite early in the book) is a quote from the opening sentence of one of Malcom X's speach:

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Mr. Moderator, Brother Lomax, brothers and sisters, friends and enemies: I just can't believe everyone in here is a friend and I don't want to leave anybody out.
"

In his speeches, Malcom X strikes a blend of outright revolt and openness to the other party, in hope of a peaceful resolution. Not an easy combo.

Also a good read: "Most of you have no idea what Marti
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Ana
I'm still reading this one. It will be a while 'cause, I feel the need to re-read some of the pages to gain clearer understanding. Also, the copy I got is in spanish and I'm not the fastest reader in spanish.

So much of what he said then is also true of what can be said now. The oppressors have changed their faces and are trying new tacitics, but their desired results are the same. Malcolm's voice is one we need to find in ourselves. Everyone needs to read this book, doesn't matter what your rac
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Shane
I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway and I'm very glad that I did.

You hear so much about Malcolm X. But, reading his words paints a very different picture. One could say a more-full picture. You can argue with his tactics but it's hard to argue his reasoning. And, in this remarkable collection of the speeches and interviews he gave over the last year of his life, you get to see a man whose opinion is changing and ever-evolving. It's worth reading whether you think you like this man or d
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Abby Beatty
2ND QUARTER: This is one of the most inspiring, moving and incredible book I've ever read. He is such a passionate and brilliant speaker. Throughout the time that these various speeches are made many defining events occurred in his life, like leaving the Nation of Islam and his pilgrimage to Mecca. Crucial events were also occurring around him during this time period, like the presidential election on 1964 and the March on Washington only slightly before.

His strength and determination have been
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Sara Mageed
ليت المسلمون يكونوا بمثل إرادته
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Nadia
I don't know what to say about this, it's Malcolm, what else do you need to know? My only reason for giving it this rating is that once you've read half the book it starts to get repetitive and you don't really need to read the second half, though I did like reading his debate with an "expert" at the end, so more like a 3.5. The first half of this book gets a five, that first speech is esp powerful and it gives me goosebumps every single time.
Jason
although i did not finish this book, the selections i read seemed right on when Malcolm talked about racism in America. Since the speaches all took place in the last year of his life there was much repatition. The most inspiring thing about Malcolm X for me is his change after visiting Mecca.

the non-violent question is a hard one. how many of us are really brave enough to turn the other cheek?
Lashanda
This book should be read by everyone of all races. Many folks these days pay lip service to what Malcolm X represented back in the day. Listening to/reading his actual words is a priceless experience, even if I didn't agree with all of his views. After reading this book, I tried to read MLK's speeches, but couldn't find a similar book.
Scott Deardorff
Reading this book helped me understand a part of american history that many can't or won't talk about. Malcolm X is one of the most misunderstood people in American and world history. This book helps you to formulate your own opinion about how and why his words are so taken out of context or taken to the full extreme.
Allan Wastani
what i think is that this guy was trying to enlighten his african educated stereotypes who are obsessed with a know it all attitude but in reality they need to be re-educated about some few sensitive issues. finaly leading them to the light of love and forgiveness. iam nt a racist. no hard feelings.
Joseph
i recommend watching or listening to any Malcolm X speeches available before reading this book (Malcolm X the documentary, with brief narration by James Earl Jones, is a great starting point)...its a great benefit to have Malcolm X's voice in your head while you read
Tariq
A decent supplementary book to the Autobiography, however, some of the opinions expressed in the speeches are of the Nation of Islam, and not the eventual opinions Malcolm came to rest on. Therefore, the reader must take them in their proper context.
Don
OK, so much of what he said was kinda "out there," but this shows he was way more reflective and thoughtful than merely his catch phrases ("A ballot or a bullet," or "By any means necessary").
Monte
Oct 13, 2007 Monte rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: trent lott
sadly we live in a world that frightens one to say what one truly feels about malcolm x in these speeches (brilliant) for fear that one may wind up the subject of internet surveillance.
Jimmy
What better way to gain knowledge about this great and mysterious man than to read his words, his passion, his impetus struggle to help humanity. A MUST READ BOOK FOR ALL!!!
Heshima
I have read this book 6 or 7 times since high school, and I think it is essential to understand the development of the political/social philosophy of Brother Malcom
Jonathan
Malcolm was a prophet and these speeches help show why. It's awe-inspiring to see the evolution of his thinking and rhetoric over the time these selections cover.
Madison
The power principle that one should not take the free meal lest strings be attached, is one of gems within this archive of an interesting man's words.
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Malcolm X (born Malcolm Little), also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, was an American Black Muslim minister and a spokesman for the Nation of Islam.

After leaving the Nation of Islam in 1964, he made the pilgrimage, the Hajj, to Mecca and became a Sunni Muslim. He also founded the Muslim Mosque, Inc. and the Organization of Afro-American Unity. Less than a year later, he was assassinated in Wash
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