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His father was killed when he was six, and his mother was placed in a mental hospital when he was 13, after which he lived in a series of foster homes. In 1946, at age 20, he went to prison for larceny and breaking and entering. While in prison, he became a member of the Nation of Islam (NOI), changing his birth name Malcolm Little to Malcolm X, because, as he later wrote, Little was the name that "the white slavemaster...had imposed upon [his] paternal forebears".
After his parole in 1952 he quickly rose to become one of the organization's most influential leaders, serving as the public face of the controversial group for a dozen years. In his autobiography, Malcolm X wrote proudly of some of the social achievements the Nation made while he was a member, particularly its free drug rehabilitation program. The Nation promoted black supremacy, advocated the separation of black and white Americans, and rejected the civil rights movement for its emphasis on integration.
By March 1964, Malcolm X had grown disillusioned with the Nation of Islam and its leader, Elijah Muhammad. Expressing many regrets about his time with them, which he had come to regard as largely wasted, he embraced Sunni Islam. After a period of travel in Africa and the Middle East, which included completing the Hajj, he also became known as el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz. He repudiated the Nation of Islam, disavowed racism, and founded Muslim Mosque, Inc. and the Organization of Afro-American Unity. He continued to emphasize Pan-Africanism, black self-determination, and black self-defense.
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By cosmitron on 03-20-18
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would to get a quick overview of this man but no human being can have their life fully described in a 33 minute Audio book.
Would you recommend Malcolm X: A Biography to your friends? Why or why not?
What does Nate Sjol bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
He is a very good narrator a pro in every way.His performance gives you the desire to listen to the entire book.
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This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
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By Ray Johnson on 03-22-18
X marks the Spot
I have to admit, when I first saw these "Bite-sized Biographies" I was skeptical. I mean, seriously, how much could they jam into a 30 minute bio? Turns out, a lot. To be certain, this is nothing more than a scant summary of his life. It includes all relevant events, it just does not go into extreme depth when doing so. Still you might be surprised at just how much information is packed into the bio.
I find it hard to imagine someone who has never heard of Malcom X; but I have to recognize that not everyone knows his real story. How he affected history and initiated change. This bite sized bio takes us from his birth, and details how he became a force for change before his death. This is a great snapshot of his life, an would be great for a student to use to learn about the man and his mission. It would also benefit someone who just wanted to know a little bit about Malcom X.
Nate Sjoldoes a great job as the narrator. He keeps your attention, and moves the Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.
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