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By Any Means Necessary

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Speeches tracing the evolution of Malcolm X's views on political alliances, women's rights, intermarriage, capitalism and socialism, and more.
Paperback, 2nd Edition, 191 pages
Published September 1992 by Pathfinder Press (NY) (first published June 1st 1970)
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Oct 08, 2012 Kobi added it
Malcolm X
Unlike most of the people I’m writing to I don’t like to read, but if I were to read a book I would choose the Biography of Malcolm X. Like most of the civil rights activists Malcolm wasn’t content with being called a “nigger” for the rest of his life. Malcolm was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He was the second youngest of seven. I don’t want to tell the book because the point is to get you to read it. This book will get your brain thinking in a different way about how things were back when
Mar 27, 2010 Shane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
it's hard to believe there are no reviews of this book here. perhaps my interest in malcolm x was a product of the "cult of personality". after all, my previous experience with the man and his historical impact was limited to the spike lee movie. but after reading this book, i found that there was another attraction (actually two): this is a man with a passion to see real justice in the world and this is a man seeking redemption (social, political, spiritual.) these are powerful symbols, and thi ...more
Nov 09, 2008 sheena rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who don't understand why pan-africanism is important
Shelves: read-in-japan
not what you learned about X, if you even learned about him, in elementary school.

this is a collection of his speeches, directly from his mouth.

call me easily influenced but this book completely altered my feelings on gun-ownership and pacifism.

revolution, fools!
Nov 05, 2014 Dave rated it really liked it
I'll say what I say to most people about Malcolm X (and keep in mind I grew up as a white suburban kid - luckily with a dad that taught me to find out things for myself and not rely on the words of others) - read Malxolm's actual speeches. Read and see his evolution. No one comes duly formed. And people rarely finish the way they started. These speeches give some (not total) but some measure of Malcolm's evolution. Even as someone that would have been outside the true understanding of Malcolm's ...more
Michael Strode
There is a documentary on Malcolm's life that one can occasionally find packaged with some copies of the movie Malcolm X. I consider it the finest documentary done regarding Malcolm's life because it bypasses narration or peers recounting their relationship or randomly inserted persons raising up how Malcolm affected their lives. All that the documentary includes is a series of speeches, lectures, news clips, and sound bites strung together which trace Malcolm's life from end to end.

This book is
Iser Barnes

Oh! Hi the book I read was Malcolm X. By any mean necessary by Walter dean Myers. This book was an interesting thing to read. To get in the mind of a really out spoken person.
First off him as a child he had to deal with. The hardships of see his father being ran over. A cops lying about investigating what happen. Then as he grew up he went on to be a force to recant with. President of his class in high school. Then became known in big cities across the United States. But then
Rayyan Basheer
Easy quick read. Was very interesting as I wanted to know more about Malcolm X, and his life and what he did. This book offered a quick journey of his life throughout the years and his ideas and how they changed, and the impact he left on many in the world. Good book. I would recommend it to anyone interested in Malcolm X, the U.S. Civil rights movement, or anyone wanting a quick informative read about someone regarded as a very influential person.
Aug 27, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it
What can I say? I'm a sucker for controversial public figures and their writings. Good insight on his speeches. Read this, by any means necessary....
Qynn Perkins
Was a great book!
Sham Al-Ghazali
Jul 13, 2013 Sham Al-Ghazali rated it really liked it
A collection of speeches and interviews by one of the greatest men in history. Reading Malcolm X’s thoughts on the movement, and politics elsewhere, before and after him leaving the Nation of Islam.
Yusra Traveler
May 10, 2017 Yusra Traveler rated it it was amazing
Malcolm best speeches -
It's really important to read speeches like these to get a sense of Malcolm X as someone not reducible to his role as a figurehead for Black Islam nor as a foil to Martin Luther King Jr but as an individual who from particular circumstances and interacting with history as it was unfolding underwent a rapid political change. Which gives the reader some sense of how Malcolm X was synthesizing his experiences into a new political framework. Also it's a blessing to read the speeches of someone who w ...more
Feb 12, 2016 azfar rated it it was amazing
Shelves: borrowed, 2016
Malcolm X's autobiography already left a powerful impact on me, but after listening to recordings of the speeches in this book, I just couldn't help but feel an immense awe and love for him. He was such a powerful orator! I can only wonder what it would've been like to listen to him in person.

I also feel like many of his insights about life as a black man/woman in America still resonate with today's conditions. Here's one example:
Q: What do you think is responsible for race prejudice in the Un
Oct 21, 2016 MrsRK rated it did not like it
Who was the real Malcolm X? His parents were committed to Marcus Garvey’s black separatist movement. Since his early years he was linked to crime and drugs. While in prison he was converted to the Black Muslim movement and later became the sect’s most prominent spokesman. He once hailed a plane crash because it was filled with white people, he called white men “the devil,” and said JFK’s assassination was white America’s “chickens coming home to roost.” He also said that “What we need is the des ...more
Michae'la Barnett
Mar 10, 2014 Michae'la Barnett rated it it was amazing

Book: Malcom X, By Any Means Necessary

Author: Walter Dean Myers

Rating: 5


In this book Malcom Little known to you as Malcom X was a powerful man in history. As a child there were troubles with his family such as his father being hit by a train and his mother being sent to a mental hospital. Malcom a.k.a Detroit Red went on to Boston only to deep trouble. When sent to jail Malcom turned over a new lead he began to read the dictionary and soon enough by the help of Elijah Muhammad Malcom w
Aug 10, 2014 Jay rated it it was amazing
Excellent read. Very refreshing to see Malcolm's thinking and how it changed in the 2 years before being killed. He was always self criticizing, always reflecting and always changing his approach according to surrounding conditions, which is the correct thing to do in political struggle. What's more amazing is that his analysis and ideas on violence, self-defense, racism, and revolution are STILL relevant today! also Malcolm spoke in a way that everyone can understand, from 10 years old to 60 ye ...more
Dawn Wells
Jun 01, 2013 Dawn Wells rated it liked it
Fighting for equality.

I'm amazed by how an intelligent man like Malcolm could let another "man" lead him blindly. I'm so happy that he saw the real truth and fought the ignorance. I love that he grew leaps and bounds not just for himself but for enlightening others. It's like all of us we start believing one way but as we grow and mature we see that it's okay if people are who they are be it white, black, gay, straight, woman, man, old or young.
Feb 20, 2014 Anthony rated it really liked it
From being the top student in his class to being known as Detroit Red
the street hustler. To being locked up at the age of twenty, where his life changed forever. Where his views of the life of a black man in America changed. His views shocked America then and still do today. This biography tells Malcolm's story from the troubles him and his family faced when he was a young boy to the problems he faced as a grown man.
Jasmine Holloman
Apr 19, 2016 Jasmine Holloman rated it it was amazing
This book was a great collection of interviews and speeches from one the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. What stuck out to me is that unfortunately all of these years later, these themes and messages still resonate in 2016.
Jul 09, 2008 Sheehan rated it it was amazing
no mediation, just Malcolm rapping his views, good survey of his speeches from different periods in his life and philosophies. Worth picking up for the post-NOI writings that get often overlooked.
Dec 23, 2007 Joseph rated it it was amazing
In my opinion he has an excellent perception and understanding of the United States.
Steen Knigge
Jan 24, 2011 Steen Knigge rated it really liked it
From the latter part of Malcolm X's life. Interesting to see his transformation
Nov 17, 2010 Natalie rated it really liked it
I love this book because it gives you an idea of who Malcolm X really was as opposed to who he was portrayed to be. You can read about his growth as a man and how empowering he is in this book.
How could it be anything other than a five?
Karla Rodriguez
Jan 18, 2017 Karla Rodriguez rated it it was amazing
Incredible. His words are more relevant now than ever before.
Camden Goetz
I like a lot of Malcolm X's ideas but this book was not a great place to see those. Lots of repetition and watering down/changing ideas for his audience, or just limitation by his interviewers.
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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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