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Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

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ISBN13: 9780143120322
ISBN10: 0143120328
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Awards

2012 Pulitzer Prize for History

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Years in the making-the definitive biography of the legendary black activist.

Of the great figure in twentieth-century American history perhaps none is more complex and controversial than Malcolm X. Constantly rewriting his own story, he became a criminal, a minister, a leader, and an icon, all before being felled by assassins' bullets at age thirty-nine. Through his tireless work and countless speeches he empowered hundreds of thousands of black Americans to create better lives and stronger communities while establishing the template for the self-actualized, independent African American man. In death he became a broad symbol of both resistance and reconciliation for millions around the world.

Manning Marable's new biography of Malcolm is a stunning achievement. Filled with new information and shocking revelations that go beyond the Autobiography, Malcolm X unfolds a sweeping story of race and class in America, from the rise of Marcus Garvey and the Ku Klux Klan to the struggles of the civil rights movement in the fifties and sixties. Reaching into Malcolm's troubled youth, it traces a path from his parents' activism through his own engagement with the Nation of Islam, charting his astronomical rise in the world of Black Nationalism and culminating in the never-before-told true story of his assassination. Malcolm X will stand as the definitive work on one of the most singular forces for social change, capturing with revelatory clarity a man who constantly strove, in the great American tradition, to remake himself anew.

Review:

"An extraordinary portrait of a man and his time....A masterpiece." San Francisco Chronicle

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"Malcolm X is etched in the American imagination—and the American psyche — in the particular and unyielding terms of radical and militant… Marable brings a lifetime of study to this biography, which is the crowning achievement of a magnificent career." Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University

Review:

"This book is a must read." Ebony

Review:

"Manning Marable's scholarship was as provocative and profound as it was prodigious." Newsday

About the Author

Manning Marable (1951-2011) was M. Moran Weston and Black Alumni Council Professor of African American Studies and professor of history and public affairs at Columbia University. He was founding director of African American Studies at Columbia from 1993 to 2003, and directed Columbia's Center for Contemporary Black History. The author of fifteen books, Marable was also the editor of the quarterly journal Souls.

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Ryan Davis, April 21, 2012 (view all comments by Ryan Davis)
This book is so full of context. It reminds me of Taylor Branch's America in the King Years Series. Marable's Malcolm is immediately more recognizable in that he is more human, touchable. All we've ever known about Malcolm is what we read in his autobiography. That is to say all that he and Alex Haley wanted to us to know.
Marable's book can seem a bit tabloid-ish, particularly when he repeats unsubstantiated rumors concerning Malcolm's sexuality. Altogether, though, a masterfully painted picture of a great American,
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Ryan Davis, April 21, 2012 (view all comments by Ryan Davis)
This book is so full of context. It reminds me of Taylor Branch's America in the King Years Series. Marable's Malcolm is immediately more recognizable in that he is more human, touchable. All we've ever known about Malcolm is what we read in his autobiography. That is to say all that he and Alex Haley wanted to us to know.
Marable's book can seem a bit tabloid-ish, particularly when he repeats unsubstantiated rumors concerning Malcolm's sexuality. Altogether, though, a masterfully painted picture of a great American,
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mattyb, January 11, 2012 (view all comments by mattyb)
A fascinating and very readable history of both Malcolm X and the time in which he lived.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143120322
Subtitle:
A Life of Reinvention
Author:
Marable, Manning
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20111231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
9.01 x 6.07 x 1.37 in 1.37 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 608 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143120322 Reviews:
"Review" by , "An extraordinary portrait of a man and his time....A masterpiece."
"Review" by , "Malcolm X is etched in the American imagination—and the American psyche — in the particular and unyielding terms of radical and militant… Marable brings a lifetime of study to this biography, which is the crowning achievement of a magnificent career."
"Review" by , "This book is a must read."
"Review" by , "Manning Marable's scholarship was as provocative and profound as it was prodigious."
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