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The Autobiography of Malcolm X

With a new Foreword by Attallah Shabazz. Introduction by M. S. Handler. Afterword by Ossie Davis

ONE OF TIME'S TEN MOST IMPORTANT NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

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. His 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
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"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
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Alex Haley is the world-renowned author of Roots, which has sold six million hardcover copies and has been translated into thirty languages. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Alex Haley died in February 1992.
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  • CHAPTER 1

    NIGHTMARE

    When my mother was pregnant with me, she told me later, a party of hooded Ku Klux Klan riders galloped up to our home in Omaha, Nebraska, one night. Surrounding the house, brandishing their shotguns and rifles, they shouted for my father to come out. My mother went to the front door and opened it. Standing where they could see her pregnant condition, she told them that she was alone with her three small children, and that my father was away, preaching, in Milwaukee. The Klansmen shouted threats and warnings at her that we had better get out of town because "the good Christian white people" were not going to stand for my father's "spreading trouble" among the "good" Negroes of Omaha with the "back to Africa" preachings of Marcus Garvey.

    My father, the Reverend Earl Little, was a Baptist minister, a dedicated organizer for Marcus Aurelius Garvey's U.N.I.A. (Universal Negro Improvement Association). With the help of such disciples as my father, Garvey, from his headquarters in New York City's Harlem, was raising the banner of black-race purity and exhorting the Negro masses to return to their ancestral African homeland-a cause which had made Garvey the most controversial black man on earth.
    Still shouting threats, the Klansmen finally spurred their horses and galloped around the house, shattering every window pane with their gun butts. Then they rode off into the night, their torches flaring, as suddenly as they had come.

    My father was enraged when he returned. He decided to wait until I was born-which would be soon-and then the family would move. I am not sure why he made this decision, for he was not a frightened Negro, as most then were, and many still are today. My father was a big, six-foot-four, very black man. He had only one eye. How he had lost the other one I have never known. He was from Reynolds, Georgia, where he had left school after the third or maybe fourth grade. He believed, as did Marcus Garvey, that freedom, independence and self-respect could never be achieved by the Negro in America, and that therefore the Negro should leave America to the white man and return to his African land of origin. Among the reasons my father had decided to risk and dedicate his life to help disseminate this philosophy among his people was that he had seen four of his six brothers die by violence, three of them killed by white men, including one by lynching. What my father could not know then was that of the remaining three, including himself, only one, my Uncle Jim, would die in bed, of natural causes. Northern white police were later to shoot my Uncle Oscar. And my father was finally himself to die by the white man's hands.

    It has always been my belief that I, too, will die by violence. I have done all that I can to be prepared.

    I was my father's seventh child. He had three children by a previous marriage-Ella, Earl, and Mary, who lived in Boston. He had met and married my mother in Philadelphia, where their first child, my oldest full brother, Wilfred, was born. They moved from Philadelphia to Omaha, where Hilda and then Philbert were born.

    I was next in line. My mother was twenty-eight when I was born on May 19, 1925, in an Omaha hospital. Then we moved to Milwaukee, where Reginald was born. From infancy, he had some kind of hernia condition which was to handicap him physically for the rest of his life.

    Louise Little, my mother, who was born in Grenada, in the British West Indies, looked like a white woman. Her father was white. She had straight black hair, and her accent did not sound like a Negro's. Of this white father of hers, I know nothing except her shame about it. I remember hearing her say she was glad that she had never seen him. It was, of course, because of him that I got my reddish-brown "mariny" color of skin, and my hair of the same color. I was the lightest child in our family. (Out in the world later on, in Bo
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 496
Erscheinungsdatum 01.12.1998
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-345-35068-8
Verlag Random House LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 17.2/10.6/3.2 cm
Gewicht 242 g
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Ich entschloss mich zum Kauf des Buches "The Autobiography Of Malcolm X" aus mehreren Gründen. Es sollte eine englischsprachiges Buch sein, keine fiktive Geschichte erzählen und mich gleichzeitig Unterhalten und Weiterbilden. Mit diesen hohen Ansprüchen bewaffnet begann ich zu lesen und war sofort sehr angetan. Das Buch hand... Ich entschloss mich zum Kauf des Buches "The Autobiography Of Malcolm X" aus mehreren Gründen. Es sollte eine englischsprachiges Buch sein, keine fiktive Geschichte erzählen und mich gleichzeitig Unterhalten und Weiterbilden. Mit diesen hohen Ansprüchen bewaffnet begann ich zu lesen und war sofort sehr angetan. Das Buch handelt vom kompletten Leben des afroamerikanischen Kultführers Malcolm X. Aus der Sicht des Malcolm X (erste Person) wird hier Stück für Stück aufgearbeitet wie aus dem intelligenten, in einem rassengetrennten Amerika aufgewachsenen Malcolm Little einer der bedeutenden Führer der Nation Of Islam und damit der schwarzen Gegenbewegung zur Rassendiskriminierung wird. Vor allem in der ersten Hälfte liest sich das Buch sehr spannend und eher wie eine Geschichte aus dem Ghetto. Der junge Malcolm versucht sich mit für Schwarze damals üblichen Minijobs durchzuschlagen und gerät nach seinem Umzug nach New York auf die schiefe Bahn. Er wird kriminell und drogensüchtig bis er im Gefängnis landet. Wie schon erwähnt liest sich dieser Teil sehr spannend und bringt einen gewissen Krimiflair zum Vorschein. Alles in allem wurden meine Anforderungen erfüllt. Des Englischen sollte man durchaus mächtig sein, ein Interesse für Geschichte muss auch bestehen.