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Malcolm X rose from a life of petty crime and hustling on the streets of Boston, Detroit, and Harlem to become one of the most powerful and controversial black leaders of the 20th century. Then on February 21, 1965, at the peak of his fervent crusade for black pride and self-reliance, he was shot and killed. Some accused Malcolm's fellow members of the black nationalist group, the Nation of Islam. But many believe the ultimate responsibility for his assassination lay elsewhere. Now, in this fascinating and ...
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Malcolm X rose from a life of petty crime and hustling on the streets of Boston, Detroit, and Harlem to become one of the most powerful and controversial black leaders of the 20th century. Then on February 21, 1965, at the peak of his fervent crusade for black pride and self-reliance, he was shot and killed. Some accused Malcolm's fellow members of the black nationalist group, the Nation of Islam. But many believe the ultimate responsibility for his assassination lay elsewhere. Now, in this fascinating and shocking expose, investigative journalist Karl Evanzz uncovers new evidence of a conspiracy to silence Malcolm X and the entire black nationalist movement. Drawing from fifteen years of research, including hundreds of interviews and the examination of 300,000 pages of declassified FBI and CIA documents, Evanzz provides the first in-depth analysis of the role the intelligence community played (through its counterintelligence arm COIN-TELPRO) in the Nation of Islam and in instigating the death of one of its most revered - and feared - leaders. Evanzz details Malcolm X's rise and fall, from his childhood spent in foster homes and reform school, to his introduction to the Nation of Islam while incarcerated in a Massachusetts State Prison, to his extremist preaching campaign across the country, and his historic trip to Mecca. He reveals how the FBI and CIA monitored Malcolm X, and through agents provocateur and infiltration, manipulated his course. Evanzz links the drive to silence Malcolm X to the CIA's involvement in the overthrow or assassination of other top African and Arab leaders - including the Congo's Partrice Lumumba. Thoroughly documented and illustrated with charts and rare photographs, The Judas Factor: The Plot To Kill Malcolm X is a riveting and often startling work that sheds new light on the tragic death of one of the greatest leaders of our time.

Based on 15 years of research, including hundreds of interviews and the examination of over 300,000 pages of declassified FBI and CIA documents, this book uncovers new evidence of a conspiracy to silence Malcolm X and the entire black nationalist movement. Photos. National TV and radio coverage.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Misleadingly titled, this book promises more than it delivers. Though a highly readable history of Malcolm X and the black nationalist movement, as an investigation it offers only circumstantial evidence--with relatively few new revelatons--about the role government security agents played in the events leading to Malcolm's assassination on Feb. 21, 1965. Freelance writer Evanzz, drawing on FBI files and a wide range of other sources, correctly criticizes the FBI's hasty conclusion that Malcolm's murder had no ``international implications.'' Yet the facts that the FBI harassed Black Muslims and infiltrated the organization and that the CIA targeted Third World leaders like Fidel Castro and Patrice Lumumba do not necessarily justify Evanzz's conclusion that the intelligence community ``probably'' decided to kill Malcolm because of his plans to bring the plight of ``the American Negro'' before the United Nations. Evanzz tends to preface his chapters with portentous quotes that suggest he will reach more solid conclusions than he does. Photos not seen by PW. 40,000 first printing. (Dec.)
Library Journal
While the authors of these two studies of the assassination of Malcolm X have examined the same primary source materials, they have arrived at opposite conclusions. Evanzz is a journalist who spent 15 years researching the case; Friedly is a researcher at the Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University. Evanzz builds a strong case for the conspiracy theory, while Friedly gives it very little credence. Evanzz also delves more deeply into African American history and has interviewed over 200 individuals involved in the Black Power Movement. The ``Judas'' Evanzz refers to is John Ali, whom he concludes conspired with the CIA to assassinate his former friend. Friedly points out, however, that the New York City Police Department did a poor job of protecting Malcolm X and has yet to release its files of the case. Both authors clearly show that the CIA and FBI were concerned about Malcolm X's growing power, especially after he and Elijah Muhammad had gone their separate ways. The FBI was worried that Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were going to join forces, while the CIA was concerned about Malcolm X's visits to African leaders and what this might mean for American race relations. Since Evanzz and Friedly had access to more sources than previous authors, their studies add new insights into Malcolm X's life, death, and role in African American history. Both titles are essential for most libraries. Previewed in ``Malcolm X: By Any Book Necessary,'' LJ 10/15/92.--Ed.-- Gary D. Barber, SUNY at Fredonia Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560250661
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 8/30/1993
  • Series: American Originals Series
  • Pages: 389
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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