Malcolm X: A Graphic Biography [NOOK Book]


The age of multitasking needs better narrative history. It must be absolutely factual, immediately accessible, smart, and brilliantly fun. Enter Andrew Helfer, the award-winning graphic-novel editor behind Road to Perdition and The History of Violence, and welcome the launch of a unique line of graphic biographies.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, these graphic biographies qualify as tomes. But if ...
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Malcolm X: A Graphic Biography

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The age of multitasking needs better narrative history. It must be absolutely factual, immediately accessible, smart, and brilliantly fun. Enter Andrew Helfer, the award-winning graphic-novel editor behind Road to Perdition and The History of Violence, and welcome the launch of a unique line of graphic biographies.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, these graphic biographies qualify as tomes. But if you're among the millions who haven't time for another doorstop of a biography, these books are for you.
With the thoroughly researched and passionately drawn Malcolm X, Helfer and award-winning artist Randy DuBurke capture Malcolm Little's extraordinary transformation from a black youth beaten down by Jim Crow America into Malcolm X, the charismatic, controversial, and doomed national spokesman for the Nation of Islam.

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"A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything." Though cut down by an assassin's bullet just months before his 40th birthday, Malcolm X (1925-65), a.k.a. Malcolm Little, had already left a powerful imprint on American history. This "novel graphic" recapitulates the dramatic path of Malcolm's life, from his early experiences with racism through his political and religious conversions. Graphic and unforgettable.
Publishers Weekly

Helfer and DuBurke tell the story of Malcolm X's short life—his meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the two leaders describing the opposite ideological ends of the fight for civil rights; and his eventual assassination by other members of the Nation of Islam (NOI)—in narration and detailed b&white drawings, sharp as photographs in a newspaper. The portrait is frank and at times unflattering, pointing out the inconsistencies in Malcolm X's own autobiography. From his slow slide into the criminal—moving from hustler to dealer to the head of a ring of thieves for which he was finally sent to prison—to his jailhouse conversion to Islam, Helfer and DuBurke don't shy from any part of their subject's life. Unfortunately, as the story gets into the complicated dynamics within the NOI and Malcolm X's eventual break from the group, the narrative becomes tangled. The same drawings that make Malcolm X's youth so vivid can't portray the political in-fighting with the same clarity, giving instead a glance at the last few years of his life. Nevertheless, Helfer and DuBurke have created an evocative and studied look at not only Malcolm X but the racial conflict that defined and shaped him. (Nov.)

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VOYA - Angela Semifero
Before he achieved notoriety, Malcolm X was Malcolm Little, a young boy who watched his family fall apart as his house was burned down, his father was killed by a streetcar, and his mother slowly descended into madness. This graphic biography tells the compelling story of Malcolm's adolescence, including his dangerous days as a hustler in New York City, his subsequent jail time, and his conversion to Islam. Helfer also directs some attention to Malcolm's work with the Nation of Islam, but the primary focus of this text is on the significant moments that altered his life, rather than on Malcolm as a political figure. This title does not shy away from the violent issues of race relations in the 1950s and 1960s, nor does it glorify any particular philosophy of the period. It frequently cites The Autobiography of Malcolm X (Grove Press, 1965) to explain the motivations of the man. The gritty black-and-white drawings, such as the dramatic first image of Malcolm X holding a rifle, complement the author's text well. Any student looking for a biography would be hard-pressed to find a more dynamic subject, although they might find longer works more informative. This title may be of interest to reluctant readers.
School Library Journal

Gr 10 & Up - This brief novelization opens with a dramatic image of Malcolm posing with a rifle, highlighting the conflict that defined his short life. The story begins shortly before his death, and the sense of tension established by his looming assassination is maintained throughout the book. Those already familiar with Malcolm X's autobiography will find a compelling retelling of his life, and those new to the subject will be introduced to a whirlwind tour of mid-20th-century history through the eyes of an influential figure in the Civil Rights Movement. The defining moments of Malcolm's life are presented here in a condensed format-his upbringing in the Midwest, his rowdy teenage years as a hustler in Boston and Harlem, and his time in prison, leading ultimately to his public life as a member of the Nation of Islam and the Black Muslim movement in the 1960s. The black-and-white illustrations give shape to the figures depicted through the use of shadows and high-contrast silhouettes. Many of the drawings have the quality of photographs that have been repeatedly photocopied until fine details disappear, lending a documentary feel to the imagery.-Heidi Dolamore, San Mateo County Library, CA

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429998130
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 11/14/2006
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 112
  • File size: 13 MB
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Meet the Author

Andrew Helfer, as group editor at DC Comics, launched its Paradox Press imprint and the award-winning Big Books series, and worked on everything from Batman to The History of Violence.

Randy DuBurke's illustrations have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Mad Magazine, DC and Marvel comics, graphic novels, and science-fiction magazines. He is the winner of the 2004 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award for illustration. He lives in New York.

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Malcolm X

Text copyright © 2006 by Andrew J. Helfer Illustrations copyright © 2006 by Randy DuBurke

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014


    All hail black america

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2007

    Malcolm x review

    Malcolm X is a 'nothing-but-the-truth' style of writting. It goes into fine detail about almost all aspects of Malcolm X's life. The book's combination of descriptive words and impacting drawings accurately tell the biography of Malcolm X. The story may take time to read for the sake of understanding, but when the book is understood the reader can get much knowledge. I give this book a 4 out of 5 because of the book's abillity to grip the reader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2007

    malcolm x

    This book was a very good book for me because malcolm x is one of my role model's but besides that this book was very touching it helps you visualize what he went through and how he got to where he was and it also show's you who influenced him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book has a lot of differnt themes. One of the themes I picked is determination. Maloclm X's childhood was enetertaining and very memorable. The fact that the book was a graphic novel made it easier to read and made ot interseting. On a scale 1-10 I would give it a 9.5. Everything that happened to Malcolm X would move you in a special way. I would recommed this book to all my friends and family.

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