Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

Manning Marable, Author, G Valmont Thomas, Read by
Manning Marable, read by G. Valmont Thomas. Penguin Audio, unabridged, 17 CDs, 21 hrs., $39.95 ISBN 978-0-14-242844-3
Reviewed on: 06/27/2011
Release date: 04/01/2011
One of the United States' most renowned scholars of African-American history, Marable had been working for years on his mammoth revisionist biography of Malcolm X, fighting off illness before dying the week of the book's publication. His book offers a notably divergent perspective on the black nationalist leader from his own autobiography, co-written by Alex Haley, downplaying his criminal experiences and emphasizing his pattern of intellectual transformation. G. Valmont Thomas coolly summons the appropriate scholarly tone for this compelling portrait of a leader never entirely settled within himself. His low, sleek voice, composed and assured, is entirely apt for this adeptly written, copiously researched biography. A Viking hardcover. (Apr.)
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