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 135 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
“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


  • Thoroughly Enjoyed!

    By James Chisolm
    Malcolm X’s Autobiography was an amazing read. I definitely learned some supervising facts about Malcolm X’s life that I never would have known. Learning about the political, social, religious, and most importantly RACIAL plights during the 1900’s definitely brings it full circle as to how the black man is unjustly treated in today’s time. I would recommend this book to anybody, any race, any color, and any religion.
  • An important book in black history

    By Underdogak
    Enjoyed the journey through Malcolm X’s eyes. Great read. An important book to read to understand why he was how he was.
  • Great Journey

    By J Maude
    So much life lived in a few years. Interesting rollercoaster ride
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A Book for Every American

    By DevlinHuxtable
    This is a book I personally believe that all American regardless of race or belief should read. Malcolm X is a man who has been demonized for years in the Western world. This is a rare opportunity in today's time to get to know the man himself by reading his own words.