Books like this should be required reading in school. Books like these can help kids understand that learning American history can be, despite popular belief, an intense and engaging experience. It saddens me that I don't think I ONCE read or heard anything about Malcolm X during my public school years... it was all about Martin Luther King Jr (huge respect to him as always) whose message tends to appear easier in the general immediacy to package and simplify.
This man, though - his story is complicated. His force of will is powerful, immensely so, and it feels throughout that he struggled with where to direct it, especially as his religious leader so flagrantly falls from grace and his world falls apart around him.
Even with this book, I don't think I have scratched the surface of what he was about, which goes to show what reading still I need to do. This book, in this way, proves helpful for extreme beginners to the topic like myself. It's a quick read and more of a gateway piece than the be-all authority on his life's timeline. I'm fine with that for now.
A compelling and effective condensation of a complex man’s life. My library has it shelved as “adult,” but it’s geared towards older teens. Younger teens who can handle the word “pimp” and moral ambiguity would also enjoy it.
The artwork was often like photostats of b+w newspaper clippings. It worked well with the journalistic tone.
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