Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

by Manning Marable

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History and a New York Times bestseller, the definitive biography of Malcolm X

Hailed as "a masterpiece" (San Francisco Chronicle), Manning Marable's acclaimed biography of Malcolm X finally does justice to one of the most influential and controversial figures of twentieth-century American history. Filled with startling new information and shocking revelations, Malcolm X unfolds a sweeping story of race and class in America. Reaching into Malcolm's troubled youth, it traces a path from his parents' activism as followers of Marcus Garvey through his own work with the Nation of Islam and rise in the world of black nationalism, and culminates in the never-before-told true story of his assassination. Malcolm X is a stunning achievement, the definitive work on one of our greatest advocates for social change.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101445273
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/04/2011
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 239,314
File size: 19 MB
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About the Author

Manning Marable, Professor of History and director of the Institute for African-American Studies at Columbia University, has written features in the New York Times and the Nation. His books include Race, Reform, and Rebellion; Beyond Black and White; and Speaking Truth to Power. His public affairs commentary series, "Along the Color Line," is featured in more than 275 newspapers and is broadcast by eighty radio stations in the U.S. and internationally.

Table of Contents

Prologue Life Beyond the Legend 1

Chapter 1 "Up, You Mighty Race! " 1925-1941 15

Chapter 2 The Legend of Detroit Red 1941-January 1946 39

Chapter 3 Becoming "X" January 1946-August 1952 70

Chapter 4 "They Don't Come Like the Minister" August 1952-May 1957 100

Chapter 5 "Brother, a Minister Has to Be Married" May 1957-March 1959 130

Chapter 6 "The Hate That Hate Produced" March 1959-January 1961 155

Chapter 7 "As Sure As God Made Green Apples" January 1961-May 1962 180

Chapter 8 From Prayer to Protest May 1962-March 1963 211

Chapter 9 "He Was Developing Too Fast" April-November 1963 235

Chapter 10 "The Chickens Coming Home to Roost" December 1, 1963-March 12,1964 269

Chapter 11 An Epiphany in the Hajj March 12-May 21, 1964 297

Chapter 12 "Do Something About Malcolm X" May 21-July 11, 1964 321

Chapter 13 "In the Struggle for Dignity" July 11-November 24,1964 360

Chapter 14 "Such a Man Is Worthy of Death" November 24,1964-February 14,1965 388

Chapter 15 Death Comes on Time February 14-February 21, 1965 418

Chapter 16 Life After Death 450

Epilogue Reflections on a Revolutionary Vision 479

Acknowledgments and Research Notes 489

Notes 495

A Glossary of Terms 559

Bibliography 563

Index 577

What People are Saying About This

Michiko Kakutani

“In his revealing and prodigiously researched new biography. . . Mr. Marable artfully strips away the layers and layers of myth that have been lacquered onto his subject’s life — first by Malcolm himself in that famous memoir, and later by both supporters and opponents after his assassination.”

Cornel West

“Manning Marable is the exemplary black scholar of radical democracy and black freedom in our time. His long-awaited magisterial book on Malcolm X is the definitive treatment of the greatest black radical voice and figure of the mid-twentieth century. Glory Hallelujah!”

Henry Louis Gates Jr.

“Malcolm X is etched in the American imagination—and the American psyche—in the particular and unyielding terms of radical and militant… Marable brings a lifetime of study to this biography, which is the crowning achievement of a magnificent career.”

Michael Eric Dyson

“Manning Marable’s Malcolm X is his magnum opus, a work of extraordinary rigor and intellectual beauty … This majestic and eloquent tour de force will stand for some time as the definitive work on as enigmatic and electrifying a leader as has ever sprung from American soil.”

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