The Autobiography of Malcolm X (Broché)

Malcolm X, Alex Haley

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  • Paru le : 01/01/1968
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By the time of his tragic murder in 1965, Malcolm X was world-famous as the angriest black man in America. From hustling, cocaine addiction and armed violence in the ghettoes of Harlem he had turned, in a dramatic prison conversion, to the puritanical fervour of the Black Muslims. Speaking out to millions of oppressed blacks, he brought new hope and self-respect. But was he, in the words of one critic, merely a racist preaching the upside-down religion of brotherly hatred? Or was he indeed one of the founding fathers, whose passionate eloquence has helped to nourish the grassroots of the modern anti-racist movement? Malcolm X's now classic Autobiography is written with the blazing candour and integrity that led him to reject black racism as well as liberal hypocrisy and suffer a martyr's death.
In a Foreword, Alex Haley draws a warm, vivid and not uncritical portrait of one of this century's remarkable revolutionaries.
  • Date de parution : 01/01/1968
  • Editeur : Penguin Books
  • ISBN : 0-14-002824-2
  • EAN : 9780140028249
  • Format : Poche
  • Présentation : Broché
  • Nb. de pages : 512 pages
  • Poids : 0.365 Kg
  • Dimensions : 13,0 cm × 20,0 cm × 2,2 cm
Born Malcolm Little in Omaha in 1925, Malcolm X was the son of a Baptist preacher. At an early age he moved to Lancing, Michigan, with his parents, both of whom were lost to him in childhood. Leaving school early, he made his way to New York and worked for a time as a waiter in Harlem. Soon part of the underworld, he began selling marijuana, became addicted to cocaine, turned to burglary, and in 1946 was sentenced to ten years' imprisonment.
While in prison he became acquainted with Elijah Muhammad's Black Muslim sect and was converted to its utopian and strongly racist point of view. Paroled in 1952, he became an outspoken defender of Muslim doctrines and, unlike Muhammad, sought and received considerable publicity. In 1963 Muhammad dismissed him from the Black Muslim movement, and Malcolm X formed his own protest group, the Organization of Afro-American Unity.
The group had built up only a small following at the time of Malcolm X's murder in 1965. He was buried as Al Hajj Malik al-Shabazz, the name he had taken in 1964 after making his holy pilgrimage to Mecca.

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