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Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Marable, Manning
ISBN: 0143120328     ISBN-13: 9780143120322
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: December 2011
Annotation: An authoritative biography of Malcolm X draws on new research to reveal information not contained in his autobiography, including the true story behind his assasination. By the author of Beyond Black and White: Transforming African-American Politics. Reprint. A National Book Award finalist.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Black Muslims; Biography.
Black nationalism; United States.
African American Muslims; Biography.
BISAC Categories:
- Biography & Autobiography | Historical
- Biography & Autobiography | Cultural Heritage
Dewey: 297.8/7092
LCCN: bl2012000314
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 6.00" W x 1.50" (1.30 lbs) 592 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): 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.

Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

It is truly a shame that Marable passed away just days before this epic masterwork reached stores. This is a book whose reputation preceded itself and would have required little promotion; allegations by Marable that Malcolm both participated in a homosexual encounter with an early patron and was unfaithful to his wife Betty had already raised the ire of two of Malcolm's daughters, as well as others in the black community for whom Malcolm X has been raised to near-sainthood over the 40-odd years since his assassination. But neither claim is based on much evidence, and neither takes away from the overall impact of the work. Indeed the towering achievement of this book, which took Marable almost two decades to complete, is his ability to present Malcolm X as a flawed, struggling human being, as much at odds with his government as with himself. Marable deftly follows the same narrative path as did Haley's autobiography, but filling in the gaps and fine-tuning the exaggerations of that best-selling volume. Combing through FBI and NYPD files, gathering Nation of Islam interviews, and fleshing out Malcolm's post-NOI activities abroad, Marable succeeds spectacularly in painting a broader and more complex portrait of a man constantly in search of himself and his place in America. (Apr. 4)

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