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Malcolm X by Manning Marable
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Jul 03, 11

Read in July, 2011

This is a dense, detailed and scholarly biography. It strikes me as being very balanced, exploring his antecedents, culture in which he was raised, early life, prison experience, reinvention in the Nation of Islam, and his continuing growth and development as a black nationalist. I do not agree with the subtitle, as the only reinvention I discerned was his conversion; the rest was more a process of adapting to changing circumstances and acceptance of a broader worldview. The book is also valuable in describing the origins of the movement that culminated in the Nation of Islam, and that body's history. My only reservation is that the book is, in my opinion, too long. The material could have been covered in about half the pages, which would greatly add to its appeal to the average reader.
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