Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention
Years in the making-the definitive biography of the legendary black activist.
Of the great figure in twentieth-century American history perhaps none is more complex and controversial than Malcolm X. Constantly rewriting his own story, he became a criminal, a minister, a leader, and an icon, all before...more
to some degree, i can kind of understand why people are so desperate to defend the mythology of a singu...more
Years in the making--the definitive biography of the legendary black activist.
Of the great figure in twentieth-century American history perhaps none is more complex and controversial than Malcolm X. Constantly rewriting his own story, he became a criminal, a minister, a leader, and an icon, all before being felled by assassins' bullets at age thirty-nine. Through his tireless work and countless speeches he empowered hundreds of thousands of black Americans to create better lives and stronger
Marable reveals the man behind the myth with all of his flaws bared, yet so full of promise. What the reader learns from reading is that in his last days Malcol...more
This book really went in depth in covering his evolving r...more
So, coming at this fresh, I find this a powerful autobiography of a powerful figure. Especially after Malcolm's break with National of Islam, Marable shows a man liberated from past constraints while trying to find a new way of political, social and theological thought. In general, Marable does a very good job here; that said, per one other reviewer, he does bog down in trivia at times.
Marable also "rescues" Malcolm from t...more
The first impression that I have of this book beyond it is an extremely well written work, is that the author may have made a major historical contribution in correcting much of the mythic and legendary stories surrounding Malcolm X and his role in the Civil Rights era.
Two general areas jump out in my marathon reading, Ma...more
Malcolm's family, the Little's, lost its house in a likely arson (for which his father was accused of starting for insurance money, when he had no insurance), lost its husband/father in a likely...more
Marable deconstructs Haley's work and tells the complete story of Malcolm X's life and assassination including his conversion to "traditional" Islam and his rejection of the teachings of the Nation Of Islam which is what lead to his assas...more
The book also enriched and enhanced my understanding of the complexity of Malcolm X. If one is to appreciate him, one needs to believe in redemption, reinvention, and the concept that...more
I was curious to read this because I had found Alex Haley's "Autobiography" so interesting back in my college days, had seen Spike Lee's X and wanted to compare. It did take a bit of slogging but was ultimately rewarding as I know so much more about The Nation of Islam, Malcolm's intellectual growth, the relati...more
Marable worked hard, no doubt, but I'm having trouble seeing how with twelve years and a battalion of research assistants this is the result. It reads mostly like a dry biography to me, and the contrast between the power of Malcolm's discourse and the tone and vocabulary...more
The subtitle of Manning Marable's Malcolm X biography, A life of reinvention: Malcolm X, fits all our communities. Like Malcolm and because Malcolm is part of our communities, our communities have had to self-transform in the face of crushing exploitation and dispersions. We have had to re-invent ourselves to survive and thrive; yet, we cannot and will not forget who we are, where we came from, how we got here and where we need to go.
Malcolm X was f...more
I found this book very interesting because while you can sense that while Marable comes more on the Malcolm...more
Yet Malcolm Little, as he was born, was a petty thief and a pimp who found salvation in the Nation of Islam (NOI), a bizarre cult led by a mountebank and sexual predator named Elijah Muhammad. Muhammad preached that white people were a race of devi...more
I liked it. Malcolm X was a civil rights figure that I was only remotely aware of through Taylor Branch's 3 volume work on the civil rights movement. This was a great read that delved into the life of a controversial figure in his time. The author focuses on dispelling the falsehoods of "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" with Alex Haley and showed the many reinventions of the public face Malcolm used through out his life. I was intrigued by Malcolm's role in trying to establish Islam into the mai...more