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Malcolm X by Manning Marable
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Oct 10, 2011

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This book will probably be known as the definitive work on Malcolm X in that it is the product of extensive research into the life and times of Malcolm. It is well written but also in need of an editor. It is a scholarly work that does not give insight into the brilliance and charisma of the man. It tells about some of the more well known people who's lives he impacted. But it does not speak on the countless people who listened to his speeches and had their own lives reinvented. I enjoyed the information on the Garvey movement and Harlem but I would have rather been given more accounts of encounters with Malcolm from the nationalist and Pan-African community. After I read the book, I did not come away liking the man. The epilogue softened the impact but that was not enough. In addition, I did not think that the speculation and innuendo was necessary. If you do not have backup for something in a scholarly work, why print gossip. The dynamic between the Nation of Islam and Malcolm was interesting.

It is always interesting to see the books that are supported and published about Black people and organizations.
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message 1: by Wilhelmina (new)

Wilhelmina Jenkins I don't really think that I want to read this one. I didn't see the point of the personal speculations either.

message 2: by Greg (new)

Greg Allen In light of your comments on Marables Malcolm X. I would strongly urge you to check out an opposing view ,its entitled is A Lie Of Reinvention Correcting Manning Marables Malcolm X edited by Prof Jarid Ball at Morgan State. If interested you can find further commentary, interviews and video clips on topic at Peace

Sahar Agree wholeheartedly, I was disappointed with the lack of facts and the amount of baseless speculation. There were parts that seemed very out of place and inappropriate.

And similarly, I have found the acclaim for this book interesting.

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