Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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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.

Few men in American history are as controversial as Malcolm X. Even years after his assassination, Malcolm X continues to figure prominently in discussions about American race relations. In this provocative biography, ...

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Overview

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.

Few men in American history are as controversial as Malcolm X. Even years after his assassination, Malcolm X continues to figure prominently in discussions about American race relations. In this provocative biography, Myers, winner of a Newbery Honor and four-time Coretta Scott King Award winner, presents a forthright portrait of a complex man whose life reflected the major events of our times. 1994 Corretta Scott King Author Honor Book.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
"If one can choose only one book about Malcolm X, this is the book of choice".--VOYA.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"[Myers] seamlessly fuse[s] historical notes on the era with the activist's story... [a] carefully researched portrait of a deeply devoted individual," said PW in a starred review. Age 10-up. (Jan.)
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
Hazel Rochman
Neither adulatory nor critical, Myers' biography pays eloquent tribute to the brilliant, radical African American leader who remains a hero for many young people today. Quoting extensively from the best-selling "Autobiography of Malcolm X", Myers sets Malcolm X's personal life against the history of segregation and the civil rights movement. He traces the dramatic changes in Malcolm X's life and thinking: from his childhood in a proud, loving home to his dislocation and poverty after his father was killed; from top student to street hustler; from prison inmate to leading voice in the Nation of Islam; from separatist to pan-Africanist who came to accept brotherhood with all individuals of goodwill--until his life was tragically cut off by assassination. Myers shows how Malcolm X relished his image as the "bad man" of the black movement in contrast to Dr. King, and that "his anger, his biting wit, his dedication . . . provided the other side of the sword, not the handle of acceptance and nonviolence, but the blade." He spoke to the voiceless because he had walked in their shoes, calling on them to free themselves from the slavery of self-hatred, of wanting to be part of the mainstream that had rejected them The writing doesn't have the sustained power of Myers' best fiction (like "Somewhere in the Darkness" ), and the lack of source notes is a serious drawback for those who want to explore further. But Myers' final chapter is a strong essay summarizing Malcolm X's life and legacy, and throughout the book, passages of quiet intensity capture the essence of the man: "They were shocked to see how he had changed. He was shocked to see that they had not changed." As Myers shows, change was the essence of this leader, who was always transforming himself, whether on his pilgrimage to Mecca or in the streets of Harlem. Teens who haven't yet read the "Autobiography" will ask for it after reading this account, and the Spike Lee movie will spark even more interest. Includes photos, bibliography, and chronology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785724483
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/1994
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 0.76 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2002

    Another Malcolm X biography

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    I am a high school sophomore who had to do a research project. T

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    very good

    very good

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 16, 2011

    vita mirabilis!!!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2005

    It's an inspirational noval

    Malcolm X was a strong man that does things his ways. This book explains the back in the day story of the legend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    I am a sophmore in High School and i read this book for my resea

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2004

    Malcolm X: Man of Many Words

    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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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