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Malcolm X by Manning Marable
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Jun 26, 2011

really liked it

A perfect example of a solid, biographical portrait that presents the cold facts, corrects the myths, contextualizes the struggle, all with the a thematic through-line. After reading the "autobiography" so many years ago, this book actually brought to life a man, who was full of faults, but still a legend. Great narrative writing that avoids histrionics and polemics even in the face of the injustices exposed (in particular regarding Malcom X's murder, and some sordid elements of his life that Malcom chose not to reveal, that reinforces the theme of reinvention). Mt arable death as this was going to stores, makes this all the more poignant, but inadvertently a stronger work. Each page feels as if it was a life-work a mission to set the record straight, and for those of us who needed schooling about the world of Malcom, beyond a baseball cap, a poster, a cliche or a movie, this was a welcome gift.

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