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Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

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10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

A Challenge To The Validity Of One's Open Mindedness

"Malcolm X: A Life Of Reinvention," by Manning Marable is not for the weak minded and those easily shaken about distasteful alleged revelations about their heroes and heroines. Mr. Marable will either elevate a reader's level of appreciation of Malcolm X, or taint it wi...
"Malcolm X: A Life Of Reinvention," by Manning Marable is not for the weak minded and those easily shaken about distasteful alleged revelations about their heroes and heroines. Mr. Marable will either elevate a reader's level of appreciation of Malcolm X, or taint it with portrayals of him that may be perceived as unforgivable violations of hero worship. I believe it is a book well worth purchasing and reading in earnest. It will be important to realize that in indulging in the book that at times it is the writer's interpretations of Malcolm X being showcased. Certain statements are not necessarily purported truths that can't be challenged. I see a future where more books about the complex character of Malcolm X will be written and published. However, Manning Marable's latest book is one for the ages. I believe it will ultimately stand the test of time in terms of its relevance to readers being challenged to be honest about their biases while seeking truths. Again, there will probably be more books about Malcolm X, but they will be hard pressed to be as controversial as "Malcolm X: A Life Of Reinvention." Manning Marable's history of scholarly excellence is unquestionable. He has now taken a risk that if successful may enlarge the acceptance of truths and reduce the playing field of what has previously been pawned off as mere gossip, used for the character assassinations of great men and women in the human rights struggle. The best thing is to read this book for yourself.

posted by shadeedahmad on April 15, 2011

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18 out of 54 people found this review helpful.

Why now I truly wonder?

This book that claims to be an extensive history of The Autobiography of Malcolm X it is not.Manning Marable wrote a book at first seem to be genuine at provide new detail of Malcolm X, then the slander and malicious statements made places this book possibly as fiction ...
This book that claims to be an extensive history of The Autobiography of Malcolm X it is not.Manning Marable wrote a book at first seem to be genuine at provide new detail of Malcolm X, then the slander and malicious statements made places this book possibly as fiction and why did the author not speak with family or wait so long to publish the book and isn't ironic the book is published after Marable passed away. I would have loved to hear the answers many would have asked him of this book.
To questioned Malcolm sexuality is classless and beneath all the history Manning Marable had made prior to this book. Read this at your own risk,save your money and rent it a library,not waste money on something that does not add, but tries to divide African American community and history.Avoid please

posted by patientyetswift on April 4, 2011

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  • Posted April 15, 2011

    A Challenge To The Validity Of One's Open Mindedness

    "Malcolm X: A Life Of Reinvention," by Manning Marable is not for the weak minded and those easily shaken about distasteful alleged revelations about their heroes and heroines. Mr. Marable will either elevate a reader's level of appreciation of Malcolm X, or taint it with portrayals of him that may be perceived as unforgivable violations of hero worship. I believe it is a book well worth purchasing and reading in earnest. It will be important to realize that in indulging in the book that at times it is the writer's interpretations of Malcolm X being showcased. Certain statements are not necessarily purported truths that can't be challenged. I see a future where more books about the complex character of Malcolm X will be written and published. However, Manning Marable's latest book is one for the ages. I believe it will ultimately stand the test of time in terms of its relevance to readers being challenged to be honest about their biases while seeking truths. Again, there will probably be more books about Malcolm X, but they will be hard pressed to be as controversial as "Malcolm X: A Life Of Reinvention." Manning Marable's history of scholarly excellence is unquestionable. He has now taken a risk that if successful may enlarge the acceptance of truths and reduce the playing field of what has previously been pawned off as mere gossip, used for the character assassinations of great men and women in the human rights struggle. The best thing is to read this book for yourself.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2011

    Highly Recommended!

    I have just started reading this book and it is so enlighting. I have not been able to put this book down. One of the best books I have read so far regarding Malcolm X. It amazes me how this author has put togethor pieces of a crime that police have not be able to do or cared to do. Sad that the author did not live to see the success of this book, that I am certain it would be.

    10 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2011

    The Book we should have read in high school

    Please read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

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    Malcolm X Reinvented by a book written in marvel

    Provocative book by an excellent black intellectual. The frankness in TRULY portraying the fullness of Malcolm's life does not lessen my picture of Malcolm, but only enhances his humanity. His portrayal of how others around Malcolm felt around him is also inspiring. Fair and impartial work not as inspirational as THe autobiography but inspiring. This will go down as a towering work of a true revolutionary.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 6, 2013

    Mindless Behavior

    Keep her on the low subscribe and follow on keek please and thanku

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    Posted March 3, 2013

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  • Posted March 26, 2012

    Knowing Malcolm X better. At Malcolm X’s funeral, Ossie Da

    Knowing Malcolm X better.
    At Malcolm X’s funeral, Ossie Davis said “if you knew him you would know why we must honor him.” Marable’s biography makes that more possible. He states that “Malcolm X should become a representative for hope and human dignity.” Everyone can take that from this superbly written biography.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    Well Done!

    A compelling analysis of the life and legacy of this complex talent. This book is a must read.....

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  • Posted May 26, 2011

    Excellent and well researched

    This book is one history book for the ages. Its well researched and challenges us to think critically about the life and times of Malcolm X

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