The Death and Life of Malcolm X

The Death and Life of Malcolm X

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by Peter Goldman
     
 

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The Death and Life of Malcolm X provides a dramatic portrait of one of the most important black leaders of the twentieth century. Focusing on Malcolm X's rise to prominence and the final year of his life, the book details his rift with the Nation of Islam and its leader, Elijah Muhammad, leading to death threats and eventually assassination at the hands of a

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The Death and Life of Malcolm X provides a dramatic portrait of one of the most important black leaders of the twentieth century. Focusing on Malcolm X's rise to prominence and the final year of his life, the book details his rift with the Nation of Islam and its leader, Elijah Muhammad, leading to death threats and eventually assassination at the hands of a death squad. In a new preface for this edition, Peter Goldman reflects on the forty years since the book's first publication and considers new information based on FBI surveillance that has since come to light.

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"Goldman, shiningly eloquent, accurately gauges the impact of Malcolm's life on a whole generation of black people. . . . Malcolm would have, I think, approved of Goldman's biography and that would have been no faint praise."—New York Times Book Review

 
"Peter Goldman has written a masterful account. . . . An indispensable starting point for anyone interested in contemporary black life."—Washington Post Book World

 
"Nowhere else in print has such a detailed, objective account of Malcolm X's last tragic years appeared. . . . Demonstrates how Malcolm X's influence in the black community became really significant upon his death."—Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252079061
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
01/30/2013
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
504
Sales rank:
1,369,550
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Peter Goldman is an author and journalist living in New York City. A former national-affairs writer and senior editor at Newsweek, he is the author of eleven books including, most recently, his first novel, The Last Minstrel Show: A Detective Story.

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The Death and Life of Malcolm X 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a highschool sophmore and i chose to read this book for my project. I found this book to the most interesting book I ever read. What i liked about this book for me it was one of the most thoughtful  and clear segment of his life, pre malcolm X but focusing primarily on the last year and a half after Malcolm had left the Nation of Islam, and a short time after his death that took a close look  at his overall economic as well as his conjectured mental state during that time. The fact that Goldman was both a well respected journalist and a Whiteman who had known and was writing about Malcolm. Goldman was interviewed in the film a film containing  segments on malcolm X and the nation of islam to discuss his perspestive on Malcolm. Malcom X believed in the right of nature which is the first law of self defense. But I also believe that non-compliance done in an intelligent way can be effective.  Goldman also intelligently presents his case as being qualified to write about Malcolm X , despite the fact that he is a white man. Although there is no "smoking gun" as to who was truly behind Malcolm's assassination, Also this book teaches me a lot about life i  suggest everyone that hasnt read this book to read it because it can change your life and your perspective of life. This book is a good read.  
Guest More than 1 year ago
Throughout Malcom X's transformative, educational, and much maligned life, Peter Goldman captures and details the later part of his life. Positive encouters as Malcom would say 'with the devil', i.e., the white people were not a common or regular occurrence in Malcom's life. However one gentlemen in particular, Peter Goldman, went from journalist to friend. In the book 'The Death and Life of Malcom X, Goldman, a white journalist portrays his ideologies in a provocative way, about Malcom X, the Nation of Islam, and society. This is a must read.