Educating oneself is sometimes a joy, and sometimes a trial. While reading Malcolm X's autobiography (a reading years overdue, to boot), one thought kept running through my head: Why was all of this so new to me? I don't remember much of anything being said about Malcolm X in school growing up, and any other understanding I had of him was mostly surface-level: faces on posters, quotes on websites, images on TV. I knew almost nothing of where Malcolm X actually came from, what he actually believed - nothing about the actual man behind the image that is so perfectly presented in this book. More than anything, I believe in books that are not only good, but necessary - and, even over 50 years since its release, Malcolm X's autobiography goes a long way in throwing a floodlight onto the problems our country has been facing for centuries.— From Nick's Picks
ONE OF TIME’S TEN MOST IMPORTANT NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
In the searing pages of this classic autobiography, originally published in 1964, Malcolm X, the Muslim leader, firebrand, and anti-integrationist, tells the extraordinary story of his life and the growth of the Black Muslim movement. His fascinating perspective on the lies and limitations of the American Dream, and the inherent racism in a society that denies its nonwhite citizens the opportunity to dream, gives extraordinary insight into the most urgent issues of our own time. The Autobiography of Malcolm X stands as the definitive statement of a movement and a man whose work was never completed but whose message is timeless. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand America.
Praise for The Autobiography of Malcolm X
“Extraordinary . . . a brilliant, painful, important book.”—The New York Times
“This book will have a permanent place in the literature of the Afro-American struggle.”—I. F. Stone
About the Author
Alex Haley is the world-renowned author of Roots, which has sold six million hardcover copies and has been translated into thirty languages. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Alex Haley died in February 1992.
“Malcolm X’s autobiography seemed to offer something different. His repeated acts of self-creation spoke to me; the blunt poetry of his words, his unadorned insistence on respect, promised a new and uncompromising order, martial in its discipline, forged through sheer force of will.”—Barack Obama, Dreams from My Father
“A great book . . . Its dead level honesty, its passion, its exalted purpose, will make it stand as a monument to the most painful truth.”—The Nation
“The most important book I’ll ever read, it changed the way I thought, it changed the way I acted. It has given me courage I didn’t know I had inside me. I’m one of hundreds of thousands whose lives were changed for the better.”—Spike Lee