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The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
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Sep 08, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: contemporary

You can sense the humanity of a man so often pigeonholed as an extremist anarchist. You can tell that he was torn apart by betrayal, first from the system, then from his friends and then from the man he trusted above all others, and finally by the very men he once tried to lead.

It's heartbreaking to see a man so eloquent tell you why he's become what he is. Most of all the section wherein he describes how he could have been a lawyer, and West Indian Archie could have been a mathematical genius is devestating, how many men were lost to that time and that place.

It's tempting to place Malcolm on a pedestal built by our guilt at our ignorance, but it's far more worthwhile to accept him and his story as a text that is far more exciting and riveting than any work of fiction about "minority experiences in America"

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