The Autobiography of Malcolm X

by Malcolm X (Author)

Reading Level: 9th − 12th Grade
Through a life of passion and struggle, Malcolm X became one of the most influential figures of the 20th Century. In this riveting account, he tells of his journey from a prison cell to Mecca, describing his transition from hoodlum to Muslim minister. Here, the man who called himself "the angriest Black man in America" relates how his conversion to true Islam helped him confront his rage and recognize the brotherhood of all mankind. An established classic of modern America, "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" was hailed by the New York Times as "Extraordinary. A brilliant, painful, important book." Still extraordinary, still important, this electrifying story has transformed Malcom X's life into his legacy. The strength of his words, the power of his ideas continue to resonate more than a generation after they first appeared.
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"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
Malcolm X
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.
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9780345376718
Lexile Measure
1120
Guided Reading Level
-
Publisher
Ballantine Books
Publication date
January 19, 1992
Series
-
BISAC categories
BIO018000 - Biography & Autobiography | Religious
BIO006000 - Biography & Autobiography | Historical | General
POL004000 - Political Science | Civil Rights
BIO010000 - Biography & Autobiography | Political
BIO002010 - Biography & Autobiography | Cultural, Ethnic & Regional | African American & Black
Library of Congress categories
African Americans
X, Malcolm
Black Muslims

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