Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable

Malcolm X by Manning Marable

Addressing, head on, the abundance of myths surrounding the life of Malcolm X, Marable’s biography ultimately reconfirms Malcolm X’s multiplicity by employing vast research to detail his many and varied metamorphoses. While the exact reasons and ramifications for these transformations are not always apparent, Marable reminds us that, like his political and cultural legacy, our understanding of Malcolm X is still evolving. This is a very illuminative text that situates Malcolm X solidly within the tumultuous civil rights era and the decades since and offers a full and nuanced portrait of a complex figure.