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by Bruce Perry

  • ISBN: 0882681036
  • Category: Biographies
  • Author: Bruce Perry
  • Subcategory: Ethnic & National
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Station Hill Pr; First Edition edition (August 1, 1991)
  • Pages: 542 pages
  • FB2 size: 1851 kb
  • EPUB size: 1621 kb
  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 138
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Perry interviewed several hundred friends, relatives and others who were part of Malcolm's life from childhood on. .Malcolm was too great of a figure to have someone try and insult his historical status by a recipe of non sequiturs and sophistry

Thankfully, he is most definitely not the bookish biographer who simply lays out facts carefully culled from archival sources. Malcolm was too great of a figure to have someone try and insult his historical status by a recipe of non sequiturs and sophistry.

This fascinating psychological portrait, strikingly different from the one.

Malcolm was hip. Malcolm was almost as cool as JFK. It was not only the children of the ghetto who were hooked on his style

Malcolm was hip. It was not only the children of the ghetto who were hooked on his style. Ivy League college kids were drawn to him. They sat-in, rode freedom buses, some were beaten, a handful died in the struggle to desegregate the South.

In key respects, Perry’s book departs from and corrects the earlier work, which Haley wrote from Malcolm’s own memories. From the quotidian details of Malcolm’s life to the larger issues of his father’s death and Malcolm’s self-image, Perry provides a quite different picture.

Bruce Perry Traces the life of the influential Black leader, describes the people who helped.

Alert if: New Price below. Traces the life of the influential Black leader, describes the people who helped shape his philosophy, and looks at the circumstances that led to his murder. From related product, Malcolm. Prices in £GBP ( Prices updated.

The Life and Work of Malcolm X. Indianapolis: Alpha Books. Malcolm: The Life of a Man Who Changed Black America

The Life and Work of Malcolm X. ISBN 978-0-02-864218-5. Malcolm: The Life of a Man Who Changed Black America. ISBN 978-0-88268-103-0. From Civil Rights to Black Liberation: Malcolm X and the Organization of Afro-American Unity. Boston: South End Press. ISBN 978-0-89608-480-3.

Yet Perry's book documents Malcolm X's many gay experiences. His masculine insecurities and ambivalence towards women fit the archetype of a repressed gay man and point to latent homosexuality.

The controversy has been stirring since the publication of Bruce Perry's acclaimed biography, Malcolm: The Life of a Man Who Changed Black America (Station Hill, New York) in 1991. Yet Perry's book documents Malcolm X's many gay experiences.

Malcolm: The Life of a Man Who Changed Black America. Barrytown, NY: Station Hill, 1991. Pinkney, Alphonso, and Roger Woock. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2007. Turner, Richard Brent. Islam in the African-American Experience. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1997. Tyner, James A. The Geography of Malcolm X: Black Radicalism and the Remaking of American Space. New York: Routledge, 2005. Tyson, Timothy B. Radio Free Dixie: Robert F. Williams and the Roots of Black Power.

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The claims about Malcolm X’s bisexuality were first made in a 1991 book, ‘Malcolm: The Life of a Man Who Changed Black America’ by Bruce Perry. That biography claimed that the leader had worked as a male prostitute and had same-sex experiences from an early age. Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell, who has been pushing for recognition of the leader’s alleged sexual orientation, said he and Mr Perry had been accused of racism and revisionism by Malcolm X’s supporters. He said: Manning Marable was a widely respected historian with great credibility in academic, black and left-wing circles.

The first biography of the late black nationalist leader, based on interviews with his friends and associates, government files, and his own letters, offers a contrasting portrait to the one presented in his famous autobiography. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
Reviews about Malcolm: The Life of a Man Who Changed Black America (7):
Cogelv
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Trash Obsession
This was a well written, and well researched biography about Malcon X and it does not sugar coat his life.

The biographer did his research, wrote factual information about Malcom X, and wrote about Malcom X's life in a skillful manner.
Iaiastta
Why would someone who hates and despises Malcolm X to the core of his soul, spend such a large amount of time researching and writing such a hefty book about Malcolm? This is a question that baffles the mind. One way for Bruce Perry to attempt to mask his hatred towards Malcolm is to feign genuine interest in Malcolm by writing a biography about him. It seems to me that there is something twisted and not quite right about this, but this is one of the realities that seems to be going on within the production of Perry's book. This book feeds the hunger of Perry's hatred. Anyone who writes a biography should make an attempt to be objective and fair. Perry makes no such attempt. The intensity and comprehensiveness of Perry's hatred for Malcolm hints to this reader that there is some type of deep, dark, sinister, psychological issue at work within Perry when it comes to Malcolm, all aimed at promoting who knows what? What is Perry's issue? I could speculate, beginning with the same reasons that the mainstream media hated Malcolm during his lifetime, but that would only be speculation. It would take a psychological expert, one beyond my capability, to get at the true core of Perry's conniving hatred of Malcolm. Bruce Perry has to be one profoundly disturbed and mentally sick man. He has to be to write a book of this nature. I will say, for the record, that Bruce Perry is a very, very mentally sick man, with this book's existence operating as tangible proof of a big portion of his major psychological dysfunction. Still, there is comfort in calling this conniving hatred for what it is. Nearly every fact that was revealed by Perry's research was spun into the book through Perry's lens, with all of the facts consistently given the most negative interpretation possible. As a complement to this review, I am suggesting that it would be wise to read a copy of Arnold Rampersad's essay titled "The Color Of His Eyes: Bruce Perry's Malcolm and Malcolm's Malcolm." The essay can be found on page 117 in "Malcolm X : In Our Own Image", edited by Joe Wood. As an additional complement, the reader might find Louis A. DeCaro's discussion of the role of Bruce Perry in Malcolm scholarship helpful on pages 298 & 299 Of DeCaro's "On The Side Of My People: A Religious Life Of Malcolm X." On the flip side of the coin, the beauty of Malcolm X's body of work, his legacy, comes from the fact that the power of who he was, the power of his spirit, message and essence, is impenetrable to such shallow attempts as Perry's to defame him. Truth always wins out. Despite Perry's execrable effort to discredit Malcolm, "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" will always be the defining narrative of Malcolm's life, a book judged by Time magazine as one of the top non-fiction books of the 20th century. Malcolm was too great of a figure to have someone try and insult his historical status by a recipe of non sequiturs and sophistry. Any objective search for the real Malcolm has a lot to choose from, with a handsome collection of legitimate books, albums, tapes, cd's, youtube videos and documentaries in existence. A true attempt to get at the real Malcolm should begin and end with his Autobiography, the longest and most comprehensive source of Malcolm revealing himself to the world. There is enough legitimate information in circulation about Malcolm to reward a diligent, reasoned, balanced, temperate search. I am giving Perry's book a rating of one star because I do not have the option of assigning negative stars to it. If I had that as an option, we would all have to blow off the dust from our early school understanding of the algebraic line and make our way to the left of zero.

PS--Chapter 4 in "Reality's Pen: Reflections On Family, History & Culture" by Thomas D. Rush is called "Inspiration." That chapter is really a moving dedication to Malcolm X. Anyone interested in Malcolm X will find that chapter worth one's while. In addition, there is much to be gained from the rest of the book. This book can be found right here on Amazon.
Rivik
This book is good if only for the insight into Malcolm's childhood. Other than that, it makes too many cynical conclusions based on whatever it is the author was trying to get across-- which by the end, is still unclear. Reading the introduction one would assume that this book was poised to breathe new insight on Malcolm the political figure and man. However, what you end up getting is more of a repetitious editorial piece. The author almost insults the intelligence of the reader by constantly rehashing the possible reasoning for Malcolm's every move. At one point, he suggests that Attallah was favored by Malcolm because of her light skin (like his) the way his dark-skinned father had once favored him. Perry also volunteers the very real and most likely possibility that Malcolm took this particular daughter to different events because she was the oldest of the girls. This is just one example of how he insists on giving the reader something to ponder on Malcolm's sincerity as a Black leader, tangible or not. There are parts of this book that indeed ring true with me for what I have interperted Malcolm to be, but these instances are too few and far between. I was in no way expecting an idealized picture to be painted here, only this book offers no real balance. Beyond this wounded Malcolm he avidly portrays, what else was there? Also for the attention he gave to alleged homosexual activity, arson, etc. he mentioned Betty Shabazz sparsely as if she held no importance in Malcolm's life. I found that fact very telling. After supposedly over 400+ interviews, Perry could only gather enough to give the mother of Malcolm's six children passing mentions. I actually got more of a rounded glimpse of Malcolm the man in the biography of Betty Shabazz by Russell J. Rickford. I advise those who are thinking of reading this book first to check out the autobiography w/ Alex Haley instead, then tackle this one if you wish. Even for all its omissions and probable half truths, you'll come away from that book actually understanding something. After reading Mr. Perry's biography, you get the urge to so say, "So?! What was your point?"
Wire
Based on his speeches, interviews, and written beliefs. I don’t find most of the information accurate as the source is not someone who was fond nor a fan of Malcolm’s perception of “white America”.

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