The Autobiography of Malcolm X - Malcolm X

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

By Malcolm X

  • Release Date: 1987-10-12
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 5
From 140 Ratings


With its first great victory in the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, the civil rights movement gained the powerful momentum it needed to sweep forward into its crucial decade, the 1960s. As voices of protest and change rose above the din of history and false promises, one voice sounded more urgently, more passionately, than the rest. Malcolm X—once called the most dangerous man in America—challenged the world to listen and learn the truth as he experienced it. And his enduring message is as relevant today as when he first delivered it.
In the searing pages of this classic autobiography, originally published in 1964, Malcolm X, the Muslim leader, firebrand, and anti-integrationist, tells the extraordinary story of his life and the growth of the Black Muslim movement to veteran writer and journalist Alex Haley . In a unique collaboration, Haley worked with Malcolm X for nearly two years, interviewing, listening to, and understanding the most controversial leader of his time.
Raised in Lansing, Michigan, Malcolm Little journeyed on a road to fame as astonishing as it was unpredictable. Drifting from childhood poverty to petty crime, Malcolm found himself in jail. It was there that he came into contact with the teachings of a little-known Black Muslim leader renamed Elijah Muhammad. The newly renamed Malcolm X devoted himself body and soul to the teachings of Elijah Muhammad and the world of Islam, becoming the Nation’s foremost spokesman. When his conscience forced him to break with Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm founded the Organization of Afro-American Unity to reach African Americans across the country with an inspiring message of pride, power, and self-determination.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X defines American culture and the African American struggle for social and economic equality that has now become a battle for survival. Malcolm’s fascinating perspective on the lies and limitations of the American Dream, and the inherent racism in a society that denies its nonwhite citizens the opportunity to dream, gives extraordinary insight into the most urgent issues of our own time.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X stands as the definitive statement of a movement and a man whose work was never completed but whose message is timeless. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand America.
Praise for The Autobiography of Malcolm X
“Malcolm X’s autobiography seemed to offer something different. His repeated acts of self-creation spoke to me; the blunt poetry of his words, his unadorned insistence on respect, promised a new and uncompromising order, martial in its discipline, forged through sheer force of will.”—Barack Obama, Dreams from My Father

“Extraordinary . . . a brilliant, painful, important book.”The New York Times
“A great book . . . Its dead level honesty, its passion, its exalted purpose, will make it stand as a monument to the most painful truth.”The Nation
“The most important book I’ll ever read, it changed the way I thought, it changed the way I acted. It has given me courage I didn’t know I had inside me. I’m one of hundreds of thousands whose lives were changed for the better.”—Spike Lee
“This book will have a permanent place in the literature of the Afro-American struggle.”—I. F. Stone


  • Great Journey

    By J Maude
    So much life lived in a few years. Interesting rollercoaster ride
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X

    By Bbabioye
    This book is over thirty years old but is relevant in today's world. Each time a black man is shot dead in the street for no apparent reason by a white police officer, the need to examine race relations is brought out. The fact that it is necessary in the year 2016 to rally around the theme "Black Lives Matter" is a testament to Malcom's teachings. Will America ever come to terms with race relations is the question?
  • Great read

    By Bookworm Bert
    An inside look into the life of Malcom X and his life of crime before becoming a voice for African Americans. A roller coaster of a ride . Addicting and eye opening
  • Required reading

    By Intelligentsia
    You need to read this book.
  • Awesome book. Worth every penny.

    By Clevelandbrown617
    I am a better person after reading this book and I truly believe everyone would benefit reading this.
  • Great autobiography

    By Pilo_jose
    It's amazing how far and the difference a person can make through his will for accomplishing things.
  • The autobiography of Malcolm X

    By Ras Tee
    This is one of the greatest autobiographies, and it goes to show the power of redemption and God's gift to the human intellect and potential. Peoples opinions and judgement about Malcolm today is definitely different than what it was during his time. He was living decades and centuries ahead of his time and the people he was with. From birth to death I conclude that he lived to be 80 physically because if you think about what he accomplished in 39years transcends it. So for every year he's lived it twice. People might think that he made a lot of mistakes but I believe that everything he did and left prepared him to live and appreciate the thing better and with deeper understanding and conviction. Can you imagine what this world especially America would be today for the blacks, Muslims in general and all Americans in totality. He is the most amazing person in the 21st century. He was a visionary and realist in its true meaning and only sees the ultimate truth. Show me somebody like him today?
  • Malcolm X

    By Emyner
    Life Changing!!!
  • A Classic

    By Fantastic fanatic true
    One of, if not, the best autobiographies I've ever read. The story flows and the writing is superb. Even if you are not interested in Malcolm X, American History, Black Nationalism, or Black History; this book is worth the read based on the literary greatness alone.
  • Loved it

    By Bluboiness
    One of the best classic read's ever!!