Malcolm X by Manning Marable
A Life of Reinvention

80%

9 Critic Reviews

Fastidiously researched, and with access to previously closed archives, Malcolm X documents how The Autobiography exaggerates some aspects of Malcolm's life...
-Guardian

Synopsis

Selected by The New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of the Year 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.
 

About Manning Marable

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MANNING MARABLE (1950–2011) was the founding director of African American studies at Columbia University and the director of Columbia's Center for Contemporary Black History. He is the author of fifteen books and was the editor of the quarterly journal Souls.GARRETT FELBER is a Ph.D. student in American culture at the University of Michigan. He holds a master's in African American studies from Columbia University, where he worked as lead researcher of the Malcolm X Project with Manning Marable.
 
Published April 4, 2011 by Penguin Books. 608 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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All: 9 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 1

NY Times

Above average
on Jun 17 2011

For a more complete and unvarnished — yet still inspiring — version of Malcolm’s life, there’s “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention,” by the late Columbia scholar Manning Marable.

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NY Times

Below average
on Apr 07 2011

This volume does not provide much psychological insight into why Malcolm X became such a protean figure...and it lacks the urgency and fierce eloquence of Malcolm X’s own “Autobiography.”

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NY Times

Above average
on Apr 01 2011

The book challenges both popular and scholarly portrayals of Malcolm X, the black nationalist leader, describing a man often subject to doubts about theology, politics and other matter...

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Guardian

Good
on Apr 16 2011

Fastidiously researched, and with access to previously closed archives, Malcolm X documents how The Autobiography exaggerates some aspects of Malcolm's life...

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Blog Critics

Good
on Apr 23 2011

The late Manning Marable's Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention provides a sterling example of a commitment to truth-telling about his subject.

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LA Times

Excellent
on Jun 05 2011

"Reinvention" is absorbing and well-written, passionate...

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Excellent
on Apr 08 2011

Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention is a major reassessment of perhaps the most misunderstood figure of the civil rights era. It is also the crowning achievement of Marable's illustrious career.

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Carlin Romano

Excellent
on May 01 2011

More than 45 years after his death, we now have a historical portrait of Malcolm X that goes beyond literary clichés and autobiographical fictions to reveal an all-too human man beset by personal trials and political tribulations...

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International Socialist Review

Excellent
on Apr 13 2013

...Manning Marable presents the most detailed account to date of the life of this legendary thinker and activist.

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