Book Review: The Autobiography of Malcolm X

May 2, 2010

This is a review from my Favorite Books list; the link from which will be also on the Books Page.


“I trust you seventy percent.” “A writer is what I want, not an interpreter.” – Malcolm X to Alex Haley during the telling of his life story

Between all my commitments and activities it took me all of four months to finish this story of almost 500 pages… And the most ironic thing is that it took me to get through the entire life story of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, and then author Alex Haley’s 65-page epilogue to really feel the completeness of a book chosen by Time magazine as one of the 10 most important nonfiction books of the century. Haley tells stories of dealing with Malcolm and his personal observations of the man that of course could not be in another man’s autobiography. More importantly, Alex Haley tells the story of Malcolm’s death, which Malcolm himself had many times predicted in the previous months.

What I most admired about Malcom’s story — since I’ve decided to choose only one thing — is the fact that Malcolm X was an activist. A person who would have a thought or a plan of action and would immediately *go do it,* something I’m sure I am not alone in struggling with myself at times.

The revelations made in this autobiography are too numerous for me to rehash — if there is a first-hand account of any person’s life story that I’d recommend one to read, it’s this one. It don’t get no realer than that.

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