Malcolm X: His Life and Legacy

Malcolm X: His Life and Legacy

by Kevin Brown, Kevin Brown

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Gr 8 Up-This biography provides the familiar aspects of Malcolm X's life as well as an excellent analysis of his political ideology. Brown combines a mature vocabulary with precise writing to create an intelligently honed and not-too-worshipful portrait, presenting the history of the civil rights movement as the context for Malcolm's development. The volume is unlike most other biographies for this age group, however, since, in addition to reporting life events, it compares Malcolm's and the Nation of Islam's ideas to other contemporaneous ideologies. In a reassessment of this leader's accomplishments, the author maintains that his subject was a good manipulator of the media, but was in some ways ``...intellectually immature'' and ``...less a thinker than an activist, less a writer than a rapper.'' To his credit, though, Malcolm did allow ideas to change him, as his post-pilgrimage break with the Nation of Islam shows. Brown emphasizes this change and takes a critical view of the current pop-culture interest in the man. This is a well-designed book with fine-quality black-and-white photographs. Pair it with Walter Dean Myers's Malcolm X (Scholastic, 1993).-Kellie Flynn, St. Teresa High School, Decatur, IL

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Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
Single Title Biography Ser.
Product dimensions:
7.85(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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