Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam

Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam

by James S. Haskins, James Haskins
     
 

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Americans may admire Louis Farrakhan or hate him, but he has proved that he cannot be ignored. Acclaimed author Jim Haskins has crafted a fascinating biography of one of America's most popular, and most reviled, black leaders. He traces Farrakhan's life from boyhood through his career in the Nation of Islam, ending with a discussion of Farrakhan's role as organizer of

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Americans may admire Louis Farrakhan or hate him, but he has proved that he cannot be ignored. Acclaimed author Jim Haskins has crafted a fascinating biography of one of America's most popular, and most reviled, black leaders. He traces Farrakhan's life from boyhood through his career in the Nation of Islam, ending with a discussion of Farrakhan's role as organizer of the Million Man March.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5-8Haskins's book is more of an account of the birth of the Nation of Islam than a biography of Farrakhan. There is significant information about Marcus Garvey; Elijah Muhammad; Malcolm X; and a recent convert, Conrad Muhammad. Readers will need to seek out other sources to learn about Farrakhan before he became a Black Muslim. Media coverage of Malcolm X's daughter Qubilah's alleged plot to have Farrakhan assassinated is the catalyst for some insightful comments about and from Farrakhan, but the material about Malcolm X's family is far more interesting. Newspaper articles and magazines and Barbara Walters's 20/20 interview with Farrakhan are among the sources cited. The presentation clearly delineates why Farrakhan engenders so much national animosity. However, the book's organization is confusing. This is not Haskins at his best. Black-and-white photos are scattered throughout.Marie T. Wright, University Library, Indianapolis, IN
Kirkus Reviews
Despite the title, this is a terse, impeccable history of the Nation of Islam, with emphasis in the last half to the role of Farrakhan in that organization and including his appearance at the Million Man March in October 1995.

Haskin (with Kathleen Benson, Count Your Way Through Greece, p. 899) focuses less on Farrakhan than on the political aspects of his life, for which he provides background; thus, half of this carefully researched book traces the history of the Nation of Islam from its birth in the 1930s, through the assassination of Malcolm X, and on to the current leadership. The seeds of Farrakhan's anti- white sentiments were sown while he was a child; as he witnessed how economics, racial hatred, and lack of education further limited African-Americans from achieving true equality, his resentment blossomed. His rise through the Nation of Islam is cloudy, although Haskins is careful to document Farrakhan's anti-Semitism and shows its effect on Jesse Jackson's 1984 presidential campaign. Readers will also benefit from the examination of Farrakhan's rhetorical techniques: soft-spoken and diplomatic in interviews with mostly white audiences, screaming anti-white epithets in front of mostly black audiences (black-and-white photos allegedly capture such moments). Farrakhan is such an explosive figure that any objective coverage of him sounds like adulation; while Haskins exhibits great care in scholarship and use of language, Farrakhan remains inscrutable.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802784230
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.66(d)
Age Range:
12 - 15 Years

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