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 802 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


  • Amazing timeless read

    By DJ WREK
    I’ve put this book off for almost 2 decades but I am happy to have picked it up after all the summer marches and movement for freedom picked up in 2020. Such a refreshing read and crazy that some things still haven’t changed. I highly recommend it. This should be a school “must read” book for students.
  • Every black man in America should read

    By smoke X
    Great book opened my mind to another level that I didn’t know was there

    By Zimora
  • This one is for the history books; it just feels in the details of 20th century Black history!

    By Saint Marcc
    The best autobiography I have ever read. A must read for who ever desires to be woke, if they are asleep politically and socially.
  • An inspirational story

    By Beast ali
    Malcolm X’s life was one full of pain, loss, confusion, and change. With this change, he was able to truly improve himself and weaken the bars of racisms for everyone in the entire world. He was unafraid to say what others wouldn’t and his courage was inspirational. Sadly, he was assassinated shortly after became guided on the right path, but his legacy will remain forever.
  • The story of a “shining black prince”

    By Cewessence
    Words couldn’t begin to express the level of influence that the Autobiography of one Malcolm X has held on me. In taking months to finish, for simply not wanting the incredulous truth regarding American society and the human experience as a whole, to come to an end. From the streets of Harlem, to the great Hajj in Mecca. From Malcolm Little, to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. Malcolm stood as a testament to the strength of a nation comprised of 22 million African-Americans, grappling for equality within “the wilderness of North America”.
  • A must read

    By wiz786
    A must read for anyone who wants to be a better human being...
  • 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....