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Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary

Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary

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by Walter Dean Myers

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In this highly praised, award-winning biography, Walter Dean Myers portrays Malcolm X as prophet, dealer, convict, troublemaker, revolutionary, and voice of black militancy. A Coretta Scott King Honor Book and an ALA Notable Children's Book. Photos.


In this highly praised, award-winning biography, Walter Dean Myers portrays Malcolm X as prophet, dealer, convict, troublemaker, revolutionary, and voice of black militancy. A Coretta Scott King Honor Book and an ALA Notable Children's Book. Photos.

Editorial Reviews

"If one can choose only one book about Malcolm X, this is the book of choice".--VOYA.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a starred review, PW admired this "carefully researched biography," which, "with incisive, precise prose... chronicles the labyrinthine path of Malcolm's life." Ages 10-13. (Jan.) r
The ALAN Review - Richard F. Abrahamson
Myers traces Malcolm Little's life from his childhood experience. Pivotal in those early years was an incident when Malcolm confided in a favorite junior high teacher that he hoped to be a lawyer someday. When the teacher suggested such a goal was not realistic for a black man and that, perhaps, a carpenter would be a better choice, Malcolm "simply gave up on the American dream." What follows is a gripping story of a young, angry man searching for himself and something to believe in. He finds both in the Nation of Islam and the teachings of Elijah Muhammad. Malcolm Little becomes Malcolm X-gifted orator, organizer, and a leader of the Black Muslims. Myers does a terrific job of contrasting Malcolm X's "by any means necessary" message and style with Martin Luther King's advocacy of nonviolent protest. In the process, the reader gets an inside look at the Civil Rights movement in America during the 1960s.
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-- Myers organizes Malcolm X's life into four stages: his childhood; his adolescence; his period of working under Elijah Mohammad; and his life after breaking with the Nation of Islam. Throughout, his experiences and actions are presented in a broader social context, from the beliefs of Marcus Garvey, who exerted such an influence upon Malcolm's parents, to the culture of adolescent black males in the 1930s and 1940s, to the contrasts between the Nation of Islam's views and those of Martin Luther King, Jr, with all the shadings in between. The author discusses the evolution in Malcolm's character, as his belief in Islam gradually taught him that not all whites were the enemies of African-Americans. He strikes a good balance between his subject's personal life and broader social issues and movements. Myers does not judge whether or not Malcolm X's views were better than those of King, but rather shows how both appealed to specific audiences and contributed to the struggles of the 1960s. Surprisingly, though, there is very little discussion of current controversies that have emerged from the two points of view. Black-and-white photographs and a reproduction of a page from Malcolm's extensive FBI file help readers to visualize the key personages and events in America's past. Myers's evenhanded approach will provoke thought and discussion among reluctant readers, who may find Jack Rummel's fact-laden Malcolm X (Chelsea, 1989) slow going. --Lyn Miller-Lachmann, Siena College Library, Loudonville, NY

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10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Walter Dean Myers is the 2012 - 2013 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. He is the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author an award-winning body of work which includes, SOMEWHERE IN THE DARKNESS, SLAM!, and MONSTER. Mr. Myers has received two Newbery Honor medals, five Coretta Scott King Author Awards, and three National Book Award Finalists citations. In addition, he is the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book after I could not find the autobiography in a school library. I was disappointed at the simplicity of the book and that it was too short to get a good idea of who Malcolm X really was. To anybody considering reading this: skip it and pick up the autobiography.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a high school sophomore who had to do a research project. This book is more of a modified version of his autobiography. His autobiography is much more detailed compared to Meyers version. This book isn't very specific or detailed. It skimmed over his life and was very simple. I consider this an easy read. It did go over his whole life from his childhood, teen years, when he was working with Elijah Muhammad, and after he wasn't with the Nation of Islam. Though it was very detailed, it does tell the most important facts of his  life and skims over the details. It even has exerts from Malcolm X's autobiography stating his opinions. Walter Dean Meyer's doesn't  really state if he agrees or disagrees with Malcolm, more just telling it as it happened. This book showed how strong minded         Malcolm truly was and how he was determined to do what he thought was right. The book itself is very short. Only 224 pages and the text is very large and there's pictures. What is helpful is there is a timeline in the back of the book with what is happening in the world on one side, and what is going on in Malcolm's life on the other. After reading this book, though I do not agree with everything Malcolm thought or did, I do respect and see why he would believe he did. Overall, this is an okay book without much detail and  if you are looking for more detail his autobiography will be a better choice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very good
Richyroo22 More than 1 year ago
A book not only about a very contraversial person in American society. But a book that will stand the test of time simply as a good book. Malcom x born Malcom Little will take you on a journy of hardships laughs and tears. Not only of african history but one of American history. In what some call the greatest time in american history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Malcolm X was a strong man that does things his ways. This book explains the back in the day story of the legend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a sophmore in High School and i read this book for my research project. I think this book was sort of helpful because i learned most about Malcolm and his life style. It was an interesting book because i got to go more into his life, when he was little and hustling on the streets, when he  was in prison and found out about the Nation of Islam, till he died well known all around the world.  I would recommend but also not recommend this book to other high school students. Why i would t recommend this book is because it gave some detailed information about Malcolm growing up and  changing all through the book. Why i wouldn't recommend this book is because it seems to not have  that much information. The biography seems to be a short book for a person who has done so many  things, and to have changed the world with such impact on everyone, not just black people. Other than that i really enjoyed the book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book gives you a key look at a man many say is evil.If you really read this book you will reliaze what malcolm was feeling from his days as a teen,to a man of wisdom.