Malcolm X: The FBI File

Malcolm X: The FBI File

by Clayborne Carson

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"Invaluable information about [Malcolm X's] activities and progress as an activist and thinker."—The New York TimesSee more details below


"Invaluable information about [Malcolm X's] activities and progress as an activist and thinker."—The New York Times

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Library Journal
This extensive compilation of FBI reports (with an introduction by Spike Lee) provides a fascinating and often infuriating look at the life and influence of Malcolm X. The files span a period from the FBI's initial report in May 1953 (which detailed Malcolm Little's criminal record and Communist party activities) to the aftermath of his assassination in 1965. This is a valuable historical record, as much for what it reveals about the FBI's political agenda as for new information about Malcolm's activities. Historian Clayborne Carson's long introductory essay, "Malcolm and the American State'' places Malcolm within the political and social context of his time. There is a 30-page chronology of Malcolm's life and corresponding FBI files, a transcript of electronic surveillance logs from 1964, and an appendix that lists brief descriptions of 25 political organizations mentioned in the files. This is an important addition to Malcolm's writings and other recent critical studies of his life (e.g., Bruce Perry's Malcolm: A Life of the Man Who Changed Black America). Recommended for academic and larger public libraries.
Substantial extracts from the 3,600 page, 19 section declassified FBI file as edited into a narrative of the brief but dynamic career of the charismatic African-American activist. The materials include personal correspondence, newspaper articles, radio and television interviews, sermons and speeches delivered in the cause of black nationalism. With a section-by-section commentary by Clayborne Carson and an introduction by Spike Lee.
Atlantic News Service
Compelling...A stunning composite of the black leader drawn from the declassified FBI documents spanning over a decade of undercover surveillance.
The New York Times
These pages allow us to understand better a remarkable orator who, among all his other gifts, was able to listen and grow.

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