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Malcolm X by Manning Marable
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Here's an editorial mistake: constantly trying to distinguish this book from the ultra-famous and well-loved Autobiography. That contrast fails to live up to its promised revelations even as it exposes the difference between Haley's crafted story and the sometimes scattered historical biography provided by Marable. The chapters here often contain distracting tangents with little organizational cohesion. In other words, he often criticizes Haley for his storytelling, but this book could use a little more of that.

What's worse, Marable vacillates between a very bland and self-enforced historical analysis and editorializing of a kind that he sometimes blames Haley for, such as the assertion that Malcolm maybe knew he was to be assassinated and he was comfortable with the idea because it would cement his legacy.
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