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Biographies & Autobiographies
A series of interviews of Malcolm X and his subsequent assassination, The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X, Alex Haley, and Attallah Shabazz is a gripping account of Malcolm X's life, his philosophy, and his death.
Summary Of The Book
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Reissue Edition records various interviews taken of Malcolm X wherein he propounds his philosophies on the nation, black pride, nationalism as well as the pan-African view. This book is a result of collaboration between Alex Haley and Malcolm X.
This work begins with Malcolm X speaking directly about his childhood which he spent in Michigan. Sensitive issues like his father's sudden death and his mother that sent him spiraling into an unstable mental state are dealt with in details.
Malcolm X's role in organized crime in New York City and Boston are also stated. The arrest and the years of prison sentence are also spoken about directly by him. As a national spokesperson for his ministry, he speaks about his joining and departure from the Nation of Islam. The religious uncertainty and his conversion to Sunni Islam led him to travel to Mecca and then Africa.
With his assassination, the narrative shifts from the direct speech to reported speech once Malcolm X is assassinated in February 1965. Alex Haley summarizes his life and provides a moving epilogue.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Reissue Edition was well received and gathered good reviews from the The New York Times. This story was adapted into a film by the same name in 1992 by Arnold Peri and James Baldwin.
About The Authors
Malcolm X was an African American minister and human rights activist. He had fought for equal rights for black Americans and was accused of trying to spread Black supremacy. He was one of the most influential figures in African American history.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X was his only book which was published posthumously in 1965.
He was a member of the Nation of Islam but left in abruptly in 1964. He travelled in the Middle East and founded Muslim Mosque Inc. in the U.S. In 1965, he was assassinated by the members of the Nation of Islam.
Alex Haley is an American writer and journalist who is best known for his collaboration with Malcolm X in The Autobiography of Malcolm X. He has also written Roots: The Saga of an American Family, and Super Fly T.N.T.
Attallah Shabazz is the daughter of Malcolm X. She has directed, acted, and produced several theatrical productions such as Hello Dolly, Peter Pan, and Three Penny Opera.