The Autobiography Of Malcolm X Essay

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X is a very eye-opening book. I always believed that Malcolm X was a one sided person – meaning that he always had the same beliefs all of his life; Especially when, he was involved in a time where Racism was all over the place. The book does a great job at showing a reader who the American Hero, Malcolm X was as an individual and at explaining piece by piece how he became the man the world now knows.
Created by interviews between Malcolm X himself and Alex Haley (the man behind the ground-breaking “Roots”), the autobiography was first published in 1965, months after the assassination of Malcolm X. The relationship between Haley and X began in 1959; when Haley was a journalist for magazines such as “Playboy” and “Reader’s Digest.” Assigned with the task of writing a book, Haley approached Malcolm X with the idea of writing about his life. Malcolm X would agree and the two began having long conversations over two years. After the death of X, Haley had the challenge of shaping the book in Malcolm’s voice. This would cause him to be credited as a ghostwriter instead of a close collaborator. The book became a huge success; selling millions of copies and leading to a film adaptation in 1992.
The plot of the book is series of life events experienced by Malcolm. It starts from his childhood, where he is Malcolm Little born in 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska to a pro-black priest and his light-skinned wife. Right away, young Malcolm has to deal with…

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