The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Alternate cover for ISBN 9780345350688Through a life of passion and struggle, Malcolm X became one of the most influential figures of the 20th Century. In this riveting account, he tells of his journey from a prison cell to Mecca, describing his transition from hoodlum to Muslim minister. Here, the man who called himself "the angriest Black man in America" relates how his conversion to true Islam helped him confront his rage and recognize the bro...

Details The Autobiography of Malcolm X

TitleThe Autobiography of Malcolm X
Release DateJan 1st, 1970
PublisherBallantine Books
GenreNonfiction, Biography, History, Autobiography, Memoir

Reviews The Autobiography of Malcolm X

  • Rowena
    “I’ve had enough of someone else’s propaganda. I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.” - Malcolm XIn High School my history syllabus covered just a few pages on African-American civil rights heroes. The majority of those pages were on Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther Kin...
  • Isaac
    This book counts for a lot. Cornel West says that one of the deepest fears for black America is that Malcolm X was fundamentally right, that the political system here is incapable of being changed through traditional means in order to serve the black community what they are due. "What are they due?" asks the conservative... A share in the incredible wealth of the country that they have labored to build for hundreds of years, often against their o...
  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
    The voice of Malcolm X was powerful, unbridled and simply heroic. He is one of the most quotable men of the twentieth century:“In fact, once he is motivated no one can change more completely than the man who has been at the bottom. I call myself the best example of that.”“It is only after slavery and prison that the sweetest appreciation of freedom can come. ”“I believe in recognizing every human being as a human being--neither white, b...
  • Wes Morgan
    This is the life story of Malcolm Little, later Malcolm X, later El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. As are most white people in this country, I was led to believe that Malcolm X was just an angry, militant racist who wanted to kill white people in the same way that angry, militant racists in the South want to kill black people. Nothing could be further from the truth.This book, more than any other I've read, opened my eyes to see how the innate racism in ...
  • carol.
    “I’ve had enough of someone else’s propaganda,” I had written to these friends. “I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, the matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.”Undoubtedly one of the most filling books I’ve read all year.It starts simply, with solid, familiar flavors, something like a brandy old-fashione...
  • Erin
    A masterpiece! The Autobiography of Malcolm X may be the most important autobiography ever written. I don't have the proper vocabulary to do this book its proper justice.A must read! African American Historical Fiction BookclubThe Book Bum BookclubPopsugar Reading Challenge: A book involving a heist Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge: Read a book that features a father.
  • Aubrey
    “If Malcolm X were not a Negro, his autobiography would be little more than a journal of abnormal psychology, the story of a burglar, dope pusher, addict and jailbird—with a family history of insanity—who acquires messianic delusions and sets forth to preach an upside-down religion of ‘brotherly’ hatred.”-Saturday Evening Post, Sept. 12, 1965 Sensationalist, yes? Reminiscent of certain responses to Twelve Years a Slave winning multipl...
  • Hasham Rasool
    I love this book Alhamdulillah. I think 'The Autobiography of Malcolm X' is one of the important non-fiction books. Everyone! This book is a must read! I need to tell people who haven't taught by Islam. Elijah Muhammad was not the Messenger of Allah because Allah said there is no Prophet will come after Prophet Muhammad SAW. Prophet Muhammad SAW was the last Messenger of Allah. Elijah might told them that he was the Messenger of Allah, he might h...
  • Chris Van Dyke
    I'm in such awe of this book and the man behind it that I don't think I can really give it a fair review. I came late to Malcolm X - I didn't pick up his autobiography until I was twenty-five, during my third year teaching in the Bronx. He manages to so clearly articulate the injustice and anger that results from racism in America, and at the same time is unflinchingly honest regard his own life and his own failings. Following the progression of ...
  • Ted
    "This book I dedicate to my beloved wife Betty and to our children whose understanding and whose sacrifices made it possible for me to do my work." Malcolm's dedication of the book.Note: I will often refer to Malcolm X in the following as simply “X”.the edition I readBesides the first person narration, this edition contains a Foreword by Malcolm’s eldest daughter, Attallah Shabazz; an Introduction by M.S. Handler, a NYT reporter whom Malcol...
  • Trevor
    I’m going to be fairly critical of this Malcolm X in this review – although that makes me feel a bit uncomfortable, because I really think you should read this book and reflect on his life. And I think you should read this because this book is a great read. I mean, it’s a fast-paced story told extremely well by someone I think is being often painfully honest about his own life. Now, obviously, the fact this is well-told would have been help...
  • leynes
    I worked for 8 hours on this video and I am very proud of it. I would love for you to see how this review of Malcom's autobiography translated into video form: :) Five Lessons We Can Learn from Malcolm XSimilarly to my review of Audre Lorde's Your Silence Will Not Protect You, I will talk about the lessons I took from Malcolm's autobiography, instead of talking about what I liked and disliked about it. I hold Malcolm ...
  • Diane Wallace
    Fantastic read! a look into the courageous life of a true believer of life's struggles in racism etc...(paperback!)
  • Jessaka
    I lived in a brown shingled house on Channing Way in Berkeley with 3 other roommates back in the early 70s. Next door to us, on the second story of an apartment building, lived a young black man. One day when I came home two of my male roommates said that they had something to show me in the kitchen. Spit. The black man next door had purposely spit out his window onto ours. I didn't know if either of the guys in our house had irritated him or if ...
  • J Beckett
    Several years ago I decided to make the reading of The Autobiography of Malcolm X mandatory for my high school Honor's English students (I had read the book when it was first released). I taught in an "urban" Maryland public school, and most of the students, although considered honor's, were void of deeper literary exposure. My decision to "teach Malcolm X" was not looked upon well by the administration, but after thorough student led discussions...
  • Shannon
    I will not attempt to add my two cents to the five decades of commentary that currently exist. But I will say this, when Malcolm says of Elijah Muhammad, "My black brothers and sisters, you have come from your homes to hear-now you are going to hear-America's wisest black man! America's boldest black man! America's most fearless black man." I uttered an audible - No. It was you, Malcolm. It was you.
  • Melody
    On Dr. King's Birthday I was knee-deep in the Autobiography of Malcolm X. At a nearby holiday celebration, one speaker stood at the pulpit and noted that "there was Martin and there was Malcolm. Thank God Martin won."But did he? As I think about the Autobiography, I'm impressed by the book as an incredible testament to one man's intelligence, eloquence, and passion. In its passion, it has lived on; Malcolm's legacy lives on, visible in subtle par...
  • L.
    I understand why rap culture stresses "hustling" so much. It's as if rappers just never finished the book. It's not as awesome an autobiography as Gandhi's but better than most any other bio you'll find. Usually biographies are just dry chronicles of some rich asshole's favorite color and addiction du jour. This really gets you inside his head. I am thoroughly convinced that he should share an equal place in the canon of great Americans with equa...
  • Josh
    There are only a handful of books you can read in a lifetime that have a tangible impact on you. My dad reccomended this to me when I was 15, as I searched for something interesting in between the lawyer, doctor, monster New York Times bestsellers I'd read compulsively. Alex Haley helped Malcolm X shape a personal history that spit in the face of the public school education I had recieved up until that point, and more importantly I learned the va...
  • Samar
    I'm not sure how 2 review this book, I need to catch ma breath & take ma time be4 writing my detailed review, 'm sooo speechless...All I can say 4 now is that I'm beyond impressed, wat a fascinating man, wat a journey, wat a struggle, Malcolm was a real truthful impressive brilliant man..."And, in honoring him, we honor the best in ourselves."-------------------------------------------------------------------------June 5,2013So I'm an Arab -Egy...
  • martin eden
    I was deeply moved my that book! That's why I took time to write this review, and actually I'm not revealing too much of what I felt and what I think cause it really touched me. It started with Alex Haley's foreword: I felt angry, sad, moved, deeply moved and really, really angry, furious! I couldn't believe what I was reading actually! I maybe have to explain things... I'm a Muslim and I was reading about another Muslim but what he was saying an...
  • Myriam
    For a long time while reading The Autobiography, I thought it was going to be a 4-star read for me. And then the last 50 pages happened.Amazing. Such an important read. It has its flaws, of course. For example, I found it a little too wordy in some places, and there are some things that were said that I just couldn't agree with.But it was still kind of a revelation. As a non-American, white, comparatively privileged woman, there are realities tha...
  • Chelsea A
    I don’t read autobiographies quickly, especially when there is so much to digest as there is with this one. But I am glad I took the time to read it. It is an important book. In my experience, school history textbooks have a tendency to gloss over Malcolm X (not that he’s the only person, place, or situation that gets glossed over), or only provide the bare minimum of information. Before this book, I admittedly didn’t know that much about h...
  • B. P. Rinehart
    "I'm telling it like it is! You never have to worry about me biting my tongue if something I know as truth is on my mind. Raw, naked truth exchanged between the black man and the white man is what a whole lot more of is needed in this country-to clear the air of racial mirages, clichés, and lies that this country's very atmosphere has been filled with for four hundred years.The man, legend, myth--El Hajj Malik el-Shabazz. To talk about the book ...
  • Maureen
    Once in a great while, you read a book, and it changes your life forever. For me, this was one of those books. From this book I garnered a great appreciation for Islam. I also learned something about the journey from alienation to love. It made me see racism in this country through fresh eyes and I have not forgotten what I discovered.Growing up in Atlanta and being a child of the civil rights movement, I thought I knew it all. Then in came Malco...
  • Mike (the Paladin)
    Hard to rate a book like this...I mean in some cases things tend to transcend "enjoyability". In many places and ways I wouldn't call this book, "enjoyable".Malcolm X's life was a struggle. he was a criminal, a hater, a dupe, a learner, a racist, someone who renounced racism, a member of the Nation of Islam, a renouncer of the Nation of Islam, and a Sunni Muslim who preached peace. He was a fighter and a murder victim (though of course that happe...
  • Shahzad Suleman
    Malcolm x, a black American Muslim, killed at the age of around 38, before completion of the book. He showed, in fact, once he was motivated no one could change more completely than the he himself who had been at the bottom of the bottom. He called himself the best example of that. He also showed that so much could be achieved in so little time. So we don’t have the excuse that life is short, in fact, we are short of purpose. Black as well as w...
  • Barry Pierce
    Malcolm X is always going to be a controversial figure. I very briefly learned about his work in my History class last year but I felt that I wanted to know more. So I read this. This is very much a book split in two halves. Before Islam and After Islam. The story of Malcolm X's childhood and teenage years are really fascinating. We see that he was just a normal teenager but he doesn't many things which cause him to end up in prison. Famously in ...
  • Mohammed P Aslam
    Malcolm X, a man with intellectual vitamins…Religion is a sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world and the soul of soulless conditions…....Karl MarxQuoting Karl Marx would not be my first reaction after reading the autobiography of Malcolm X, in fact if he was here today, I am certain he would not approve of me using the words of the ‘white devil’ to describe his inner existence. For Malcolm X, religion was not just ...