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The Autobiography of Malcolm X

By Malcolm X

  • Release Date: 1987-10-12
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 5
From 735 Ratings



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

“Extraordinary . . . a brilliant, painful, important book.”The New York Times

“This book will have a permanent place in the literature of the Afro-American struggle.”—I. F. Stone


  • Very Good book

    By Ari1775
    I had to read this for my Racial and Cultural Ethnic Class and this book is really good. It tells the story of Malcolm X and how he had impact people with his outspoken words. He’s been important to all of of us when it comes to black history.
  • The Evolution of a Man

    By Richard Bakare
    I grew up in a house with a lot of rules. What to read, how much TV to watch, making your bed every morning, what we had for breakfast, and so on. I thought a lot of my father’s house rules were due to his military time. I know see that many of them were Islamic rules also since he was a Muslim. Malcom X was a man of many rules, from his hustler beginnings, to his days at the forefront of the black empowerment movement. It’s the evolution of those rules and more importantly the progression of the man and his ideology that is so fascinating in this biography. I generally dislike when I hear someone say that people cannot change. I like to believe that like coal, the pressures of everyday life work to change and refine us hopefully into diamonds. In actuality, we resist change, deeming it something inauthentic or forced because we did not design it for ourselves. Perhaps we should learn to lean into opportunities for growth; at least for the sake of curiosity if not for some existential crisis. It is in the reflective process that we are able to see the through lines of history and the connectedness of even the smallest decisions to our present state. The way in which this autobiography was recorded with Alex Haley captures that meditative assessment of the past to present. Though a controversial figure, I think this book is an important read for anyone wanting to understand a personal journey, philosophical growth, and the struggles along the way.
  • Distorted View Of History

    By rah711
    As another reviewer mentioned this guy was not a good man. He was a racist of the highest order, and this book doesn’t reflect on the mans true character. The irony here is that the very same man that he initially wholeheartedly endorsed was more likely than not connected to his big sleep. He preached hate and venom with racism always being the common denominator. He was a thug in a bow tie affiliated with a thug organization. He was certainly nothing or no one to aspire to....
  • Top 10 must reads of all time.

    Book leaves you speechless and is hard to put down once you get reading every day. Would recommend this book to everyone, especially in a time of today where racial injustice is still alive by the systemic racialism that has been here from the very beginning.
  • 👎

    By N.W.A. fan!!!
    Malcom x was not a good man, he was a member of a black nationalist organization who considered all whites to be the devil and he ended up getting killed because he disagreed with the noi’s anti white preeching.
  • The book

    By Noor Ekad
    I never knew he was Muslim, wow his journey to Islam is so inspirational. I wish he were alive today 😕
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X

    By el espejo blanco
    This book should be required reading for all Americans particularly white Americans. It tells the story of a true American hero. Malcolm X overcame the ignorance and brutality of white Americans to make a large impact on the world. He rose from an extremely oppressed childhood to become an international leader. He could have become a peacemaker equal to Gandhi, King, and Mandela. Unfortunately, he was assassinated. He died, in part, due to the indifference of the white police who were supposed to protect him. Due to his impact, his spirit lives on.
  • Great read!

    By cocky G
    Great read! I didn’t want to put the book down. I was able to learn a lot more about who Malcolm Little and Malcolm X was and what he stood for.
  • The Greatest Book I Have Ever Read

    By jhardy2423
    Words cannot describe the emotions I felt when reading this book, and after finishing it. This was a master piece written about one hell of a brother. Great read for anyone not well informed about the man, Malcom X.
  • Audiobook

    By Krisdabosss
    Would really really really appreciate an audiobook:)