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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 ...
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Overview

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.

For this paperback edition of a major work on one of the most important black leaders of this century, the author, a senior editor of Newsweek, has added a substantial epilogue which argues convincingly that three of the five accomplices in Malccolm X's assassination in 1965 are still free. (Univ. of Illinois Press)

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Editorial Reviews

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252079061
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 1/30/2013
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 504
  • Sales rank: 992,284
  • 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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Table of Contents

Preface xv

A Last Word: 2013 xxi

Part I Matters of Color

1 The Death of Malcolm X 3

2 A Conversation at the Shabazz Frosti Kreem 5

3 Malcolm 8

4 Malcolm Descending 26

5 The Devil in the Flesh 32

6 Allah in Paradise Valley 35

7 The History of the End of the World 41

8 Malcolm Redux 44

9 Harlem 49

10 The Parable of Hinton Johnson 55

11 What Mr. Muhammad Told Dr. King 65

12 Strangers in a Strange Land 66

13 We Are a World 79

14 Waiting for Allah 92

15 Three Encounters at a Picnic 107

16 Paradise Lost 107

Part II The Hour of the Knife

17 At the Edge of the Grave 123

18 A Declaration of Independence 133

19 A Declaration of War 159

20 A Pilgrim's Progress 160

21 The Child Has Come Home 172

22 The Return 182

23 The Far Side of the Rubicon 191

24 On Standing on the Tops of Trucks During Riots 204

25 The Second Time Around 206

26 By Any Means Necessary 221

27 Corning Apart 239

28 The Malcolm File 256

29 The Hour of the Gun 262

Part III A Detective Story

30 The First Day 281

31 What the Brothers Did 289

32 The Second Man 293

33 The Rites of Winter 299

34 The Third Man 304

35 Two Matters for the Police 307

36 The Ones That Got Away 308

37 The Judas Factor 315

38 Trial 318

39 Thomas 320

40 T 325

41 Zeroing In 328

42 Betty 333

43 Hayer 335

44 Butler 339

45 Johnson 345

46 Confession 348

47 Judgment 354

48 Inquest 359

49 The Case Is Closed 373

Part IV Every Goodbye Ain't Gone

50 The Day Malcolm X Died 377

51 The Malcolm Legend 378

52 How John O. Killens Memorialized a Black Artist 383

53 Malcolm and Martin 383

54 What Became of the Lost-Found Nation of Islam 392

55 The Malcolm Legacy 395

56 The Death of Malcolm X 404

Part V Afterthoughts: 1979 407

Notes on Sources 437

Index 455

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    I am a highschool sophmore and i chose to read this book for my

    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.



     

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2000

    Captivating, detailed, and moving piece of literature by Goldman

    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.

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