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In this highly praised, award-winning biography, Walter Dean Myers portrays Malcolm X as prophet, dealer, convict, troublemaker, revolutionary, and voice of black militancy.


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In this highly praised, award-winning biography, Walter Dean Myers portrays Malcolm X as prophet, dealer, convict, troublemaker, revolutionary, and voice of black militancy.

30 review for Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bryan

    This book fascinated me. I had not read much about Malcolm X before. I am impressed by his intelligence and passion. I found it so sad that his teacher crushed his dreams. When he was about 13 his teacher told him he would not be able to become a lawyer because he was black. That is one of the saddest things to read about. That moment changed his life. He realized that the world was not fair and that people treat him differently because of his skin. I am sure he understood that before, but it se This book fascinated me. I had not read much about Malcolm X before. I am impressed by his intelligence and passion. I found it so sad that his teacher crushed his dreams. When he was about 13 his teacher told him he would not be able to become a lawyer because he was black. That is one of the saddest things to read about. That moment changed his life. He realized that the world was not fair and that people treat him differently because of his skin. I am sure he understood that before, but it seemed like that moment was when it clicked for him. I was happy that he found Islam as a way to bring some peace to his life and make such a positive impact on the world around him. It was tragic that he was killed. It makes you wonder what more he could have accomplished if he had lived longer. After reading this book, I want to do more to combat racism and discrimination. I need to stick up for any group of people being oppressed. I feel like there should be more that I can do.

  2. 4 out of 5

    SheAintGotNoShoes

    Excellent excellent YA book on Malcolm X. Gave you everything important that you needed to know without it being 900 pages long and giving so many details, especially things that are not germane to a life's story. These days I find myself moving past books that are hundreds and hundreds of pages long, with tiny print and a massive glossary/footnote section. Perhaps it is my age, who knows ? But I gravitate these days to things that are good, but also short and sweet with larger font. If you just Excellent excellent YA book on Malcolm X. Gave you everything important that you needed to know without it being 900 pages long and giving so many details, especially things that are not germane to a life's story. These days I find myself moving past books that are hundreds and hundreds of pages long, with tiny print and a massive glossary/footnote section. Perhaps it is my age, who knows ? But I gravitate these days to things that are good, but also short and sweet with larger font. If you just want to know 'enough' without being a scholar on the topic, a YA book is the way to go, and you can start your journey with this terrific book !

  3. 5 out of 5

    Charles Mckinney

    Malcolm X book review Walter Dean Myers’s , “ Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary”, is an autobiography of Malcolm's life. This book depicts Malcolm’s convictions, ambitions, transformations, growth, and views as he ages into a complete person. He explains how Malcolm’s home life was and the racial barriers that he delt with. It shows his actions in the community and how he demonstrated his beliefs and ideas to his people. The authors purpose in writing this book was to relay information and to mot Malcolm X book review Walter Dean Myers’s , “ Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary”, is an autobiography of Malcolm's life. This book depicts Malcolm’s convictions, ambitions, transformations, growth, and views as he ages into a complete person. He explains how Malcolm’s home life was and the racial barriers that he delt with. It shows his actions in the community and how he demonstrated his beliefs and ideas to his people. The authors purpose in writing this book was to relay information and to motivate young black women/men. The author, Walter Dean Myers, is a graduate of Empire State college and a winning nominee of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Malcolm, only six when his father died, started attending Pleasant Grove Elementary. He became class president and was a scholar in class. He was popular among his peers even though his peers were white and he was black. Malcolm in order to fit in made himself seem more white or caucasian like. Malcolm’s home situation on the other hand was totally different. Malcolm lived with poverty and despair. Shorty after being told that he could never become a lawyer he drops out of middle school and moves to Boston. While in Boston Malcolm became accustomed to the streets and how to hustle to make a living. He moved in with his aunt and cousin when his mother had a mental brake down. While living in Boston he would wear the colorful zoot suits with the waste chain and over the top hat. Malcolm like many other children in the streets would get into the life of crime. Malcolm little on the street would come to be known as Detroit Red due to his red hair and flashy ways. His intelligence made him the right hand man of many street bosses and that eventually lead to him robbing people and being incarcerated. While in prison Malcolm comes in contact with the muslim religion and the teachings of Elijah Muhammad and begins his next transformation. While in prison Malcolm would read the dictionary and practice the teachings of Elijah Muhammad. Malcolm received a written letter from Elijah Muhammad and decided to complete the transformation. When released he would go to his brothers house to live for a moment and would be placed as the head of temple seven. After recruiting and building his temple he would be promoted to the national spokesperson of the Nation of Islam. For a time everything went smoothly till negative news of Elijah Muhammad and his children out of wedlock arose. This was one of the detrimental factors that lead to the Malcolm’s split with the Nation of Islam. Malcolm, filling betrayed, decided to renew his beliefs and make a Hajj to Mecca. Though he would have to get approval before he could enter the country he was welcomed with open arms. Malcolm stated that he was surprised at the reaction of the people and how they practiced openly with white muslims. While participating in the Hajj he held conversations with many african leaders and discussed uniting all africans and establishing organizations. This was another turning point in Malcolm’s life and the final transformation he would make. In conclusion once Malcolm returned to the U.S. he changed his name to El Hajj Malik Shabazz. He, at this time, announced that he would succeed from the Nation of Islam and stated that he would create the Muslim Mosque. Not soon after being established Malcolm was assassinated before he gave his speech.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marla

    I pretty much knew all of this but it was well written and interesting.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Excellent, excellent book. Wow. This book went through Malcolm X's life and delved into his beliefs, the times, other major figures, and managed to do it in a way that presented a nuanced, thorough, and introspective account of this complicated man's life. It is for children, but it does not shy away from difficult topics. Rather, it approaches them in the quiet, rational-feeling way that some adult books seem to have forgotten how to do. I feel like every time I read an opinion piece, especiall Excellent, excellent book. Wow. This book went through Malcolm X's life and delved into his beliefs, the times, other major figures, and managed to do it in a way that presented a nuanced, thorough, and introspective account of this complicated man's life. It is for children, but it does not shy away from difficult topics. Rather, it approaches them in the quiet, rational-feeling way that some adult books seem to have forgotten how to do. I feel like every time I read an opinion piece, especially about something controversial, there's a lot of fire and brimstone to go around. This book laid it all out without a lot of judgment. It took the time to go into a lot of background and history in a way that few things tend to do these days, I think. It was a great introduction to Malcolm X, even if it was "written for children". I've been wanting to read more about Malcolm X for several years. When I found this short audiobook while looking for books by Walter Dean Myers, I thought I'd give it a whirl. I've been teaching black history during black history month now for about three years. I started doing black history my third year when I switched books and, spurred on by a black father who brought to my attention many things about the portrayal of the black experience (and specifically how I needed better resources and knowledge), began actually delving into much of this history. It has been quite a learning experience. That first year, I realized how little I knew, but unfortunately didn't have time to fix these huge knowledge gaps I had. I've been working on it little by little since then, by trying to read a variety of black literature (particularly for children) and trying to educate myself about the black experience, black history, and current and topical black struggles. The thing that has always gnawed at me has been Malcolm X. Malcolm X was a shadowy historical figure for me. If I had learned about him outright, I didn't remember it. Modern history usually got shafted (and still gets shafted) because when taking a survey of American history, teachers tend to get bogged down and are lucky to make it with depth to past WWII. Most barely go into such movements as the Civil Rights Movement, and then it's all about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., largely because he has been whitewashed into something comfortable for middle America. (Side note: I don't think MLK is unworthy of attention or praise, but I do think his legacy has been tarnished by only painting him in a single light and forgetting about him as a round, human person.) Malcolm X's picture was usually in the history textbook, usually with a quick caption about how he was MLK's opposite, not to mention the fact that the pictures they use are always the ones where he looks the angriest. As time has gone on, I've tried to learn more about Malcolm X, though it's been spotty at best until now. Now I at least have an introduction. And the introduction I do have is a revelation. Malcolm X is one of the most interesting, misrepresented people I think I've ever had the pleasure to read about. What a life. I had known that he grew up hard and tough and on the streets, and that he had been in jail, but I knew so little about the specifics of his growing up. His father was a passionate minister, a religious man who held people in the sway of his convictions. For this, he was killed (left to die on trolley tracks) when Malcolm was young. His mother tried her best to raise her large family but eventually strained under the pressure and was institutionalized by white social workers who then split up the family. Malcolm was very smart, but went to mostly white schools and, though he excelled, was called nasty names and told he could never succeed. When he was a young teenager, he moved to Boston to live with his half-sister, Ella. He fell in with the wrong crowd and saw firsthand how he could make as much money as black men who had college degrees. At that time, he saw how black people were getting short-shafted economically, but decided the best way to circumvent this was through crime. This led to his imprisonment, where he decided that the best thing he could do for himself was educate himself. When he got out, he channelled his knowledge and energy and charisma into the Nation of Islam, a religious organization for black Muslims that his brothers had become a part of. The Nation of Islam took many ideas of Marcus Garvey, who felt that blacks should help raise each other up and they only needed each others' help, and focused it into real, lived practices. They had schools where they educated young black children, they had restaurants and businesses where blacks served blacks with respect and decency, they instilled a sense of black pride. The ultimate message was that if black people continued to believe that the lie they had been told by white people to keep them down -- that they were racially inferior -- then they would never be able to rise up. And also that white people had a long, long list of ways to create self-hate in black people: drug addiction, poverty, etc. Thus, the message of the Nation of Islam was that black people should try to separate themselves from the mainstream white population. Trying to fit themselves into the white mainstream would not erase the feelings of racially-motivated self-hate that that white mainstream perpetuated, to their detriment. So the Nation of Islam was anti-integration. But when you say it like that, without any of that other background, it sounds kind of bad, doesn't it? When you say black people should remove themselves from a system that will never allow them any success, that sounds a lot better. It's all about how it sounds and this book did a great job of trying its best to remove "how it sounds" or to couch "how it sounds" in history and background and context. Likewise, this book took a good, hard look at MLK. It analyzed the reasons for his rise, why he became a counterpoint to Malcolm X, how they were similar, how Malcolm X felt about MLK and the non-violent movement. It makes so much more sense when articulated this way. History classes, to me, always seemed to make Malcolm X out to be this violent, white-hating zealot, on par with terrorists and angry mobs. He was so much more than that, and to reduce him to such violent and hateful terms is untrue and, I feel after reading this book, slanderous. Yes, he said some intense things, but that does not mean that his movement was hateful. Intensity and conviction does not automatically invalidate their ideas, like history has so often attempted to paint those it doesn't like. And I don't think history really likes Malcolm X. He had yet another change when he ended up breaking with the Nation of Islam shortly before his death. He created a new organization and even went on a hajj to Mecca. On his journeys, he grew yet again and became a different person. He began opening the door wider and wider to people of all colors and realizing that he was reducing people, and that there were good people in the world to work with in order to achieve progress. This never gets mentioned. It never gets mentioned that he was a diverse, multi-faceted man who continued to evolve and grow throughout his whole life. However, I think the thing that struck me the most was his death. I knew he had been assassinated, and had been so before MLK. I did not know the exact circumstances of his death. I did not know that he died, essentially, in a firefight. I did not know that his wife was there, nor his many daughters. I did not know she was pregnant with twin daughters. I did not know that he lay there in front of them, shot to death and bleeding on a stage, with an audience in attendance. That struck me to my core. That is truly despicable and I cannot fathom the pain and suffering that must have caused his family. And for what? He often said himself that men who have strong convictions die young, and that he did not think, because of his ideas and his willingness to spread them, that he would live to be old. He was right, and I think that is an injustice. This book, I think, is especially important right now. I think there is a lot of confusion over why many black people in this country are upset. Many people say things like, "but slavery was so long ago" and "what's so bad for them right now anyways" and a book like this goes into so much history that sheds light on the circumstances and events of today. This book really informs why movements like Black Lives Matter are important, crucially so, and are still relevant and required today. This is still a struggle that exists and goes on, and I can see the struggle between the ideas of Malcolm X and the ideas of Marcus Garvey and the ideas of MLK and the ideas of W.E.B. DuBois. This book provides a little more illumination and should be read. If not this book, then others. Go read about the black experience, especially if you are not black. Go read about black history, especially if you are not black. Take the time to understand the concerns of the people of your country today. Take the time to look through their eyes and see their histories and read books about this struggle. It's important if we ever want to move forward.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Karly Grice

    An excellent companion—in whole or part—for Christopher Paul Curtis’s texts (especially Watson and Mighty Miss Malone) or Williams-Garcia’s One Crazy Summer. My favorite parts were the intro and conclusion for how Myers frames how all people come from context.

  7. 4 out of 5

    B. P. Rinehart

    "...in looking at Malcolm's life, we see a blending of the four Malcolms into one dynamic personality that is distinctively American in its character." This book was my first intimate introduction to El-Hajj Malik Al-Shabazz. I purchased it at a book fair in the sixth grade and it was how I learned,in-depth about him. This book was written by the great YA novelist of the 1980s and 1990s, Walter Dean Myers. Because Myers generally wrote for younger audiences, he was perfect for taking the dynamic "...in looking at Malcolm's life, we see a blending of the four Malcolms into one dynamic personality that is distinctively American in its character." This book was my first intimate introduction to El-Hajj Malik Al-Shabazz. I purchased it at a book fair in the sixth grade and it was how I learned,in-depth about him. This book was written by the great YA novelist of the 1980s and 1990s, Walter Dean Myers. Because Myers generally wrote for younger audiences, he was perfect for taking the dynamic and complicated nuances of Shabazz's life and put it in a very plain basic language that would not confuse or put off some one who is young. The pictures i the book are also very well presented and provide a good visual to go along with the major stages of his life. Another thing to like is that it is not overtly biased. While Malcolm X is aptly praised for his more positive contributions it is not at the expense of other civil rights leaders like the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who's views and relationship to Malcolm X are fairly looked at. This book, though it is written for pre-teen to early teen, does not shy away from looking at aspects of Shabazz's life and does not miss very much in detail. Of course, once you read this book it is only right to read the man in his own words via The Autobiography of Malcolm X. I will give m own views about Malcolm X when I review that book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Drew Vandervest

    Personal response: I really liked the book, because it made me feel motivated. The book contained great quotes from Malcolm X. My favorite part of the book is when Malcolm went to jail, because that is when he changed his whole life around. This book taught me the way to succeed, that is by self empowerment. This book taught me about second chances. Before Malcolm was incarcerated, he was on the wrong path. Malcolm sold drugs gambled and robbed people. Malcolm lived a life full of sin, then ende Personal response: I really liked the book, because it made me feel motivated. The book contained great quotes from Malcolm X. My favorite part of the book is when Malcolm went to jail, because that is when he changed his whole life around. This book taught me the way to succeed, that is by self empowerment. This book taught me about second chances. Before Malcolm was incarcerated, he was on the wrong path. Malcolm sold drugs gambled and robbed people. Malcolm lived a life full of sin, then ended up a holy man. This book also taught me to never judge, because Malcolm sold drugs and robbed people so he can have money to live off of. It’s sad to see people resort to sinful behavior, but Malcolm had a reason for the things he did. I couldn't imagine the life of an African American in the segregation era. It was hard for minorities to find work, that is the reason why most minorities resorted to criminal behavior. I liked how Malcolm was a great leader, he set a great example of himself so people can follow him. I didn’t like Malcolm thought process, he said “white people are blue eyed devils”. I’m be honest that hurt me, in my opinion everybody is equal to each other at the end of the day we’re all human. In conclusion, I rate this book five out of five stars. Plot: The book is a biography about Malcolm X. Malcolm grew up with his father and mother then later he had been separated from them. Malcolm grew up poor and dealt with racism. Malcolm served a seven year prison sentence for an armed robbery. The author talked about Malcolm’s legacy. The author talked about speeches Malcolm performed. The author talked about the assassination of Malcolm. Characterization: When Malcolm was young his father was murdered and his mother was sent to a mental hospital. Malcolm spent his teenage years in foster care until he had gotten older then he moved to Boston with his older sister. Malcolm was a troubled teen he was in a gang, where he sold dope and robbed people. Malcolm was a minority, so his only option was to resort to the street life. Malcolm ended up in prison where he changed his life around, he quit Atheistism then converted to Islam. When Malcolm was in prison, he had got in contact with Elijah Muhammad. Elijah Muhammad was the leader of the Nation of Islam. Elijah Muhammad told Malcolm to stay away from drugs and sinful behavior. Elijah Muhammad was a mentor towards Malcolm. Malcolm was later freed on parole. Malcolm went straight to the mosque where he practiced Islamic rituals. Malcolm dedicated his life to the Islamic religion, then began to lead his own mosque. Malcolm set a great example for the inner city African Americans. Malcolm quit drugs and taught others to stand up for racial equality. Malcolm was the protagonist of the story. Malcolm fought against the 1940’s-1960’s society norms. Setting: The setting of this book takes place all over the globe. Malcolm grew up in different locations. Malcolm grew up in Nebraska. Malcolm later moved to Wisconsin. Malcolm's mother lost guardianship of her kids. Malcolm and his siblings ended up in a orphanage, in Michigan. Malcolm was a teenager when he moved to Boston with his sister. Malcolm had been incarcerated for an armed robbery. Six years later Malcolm was released from prison. Malcolm moved back to Michigan then two years later became a minister in New York. Malcolm went to Egypt and visited the Mecca in Saudi Arabia. This book takes place from 1890 to 1965. THEMATIC CONNECTION: The theme of this book is leadership. When Malcolm went to prison, he improved his life. Malcolm read books, quit drugs and put his faith in the Islamic religion. Malcolm led a mosque where he taught people to stay away from sinful behavior. Malcolm led by example and followed the rules of the Quran. Malcolm gave a voice for inner city minorities. Malcolm turned around his poor choices into a heroic legacy. Malcolm gave inner city minorities confidence to fight for their rights. Recommended: I recommend this book for the open minded. I recommend this book to the revolutionary type people. I recommend this book to high schoolers because high school is the time to start preparing for the future. I recommend this book to unmotivated people, because this book motivated me. I recommend this book to both genders, because everyone should be able to learn about Malcolm X. I recommend this book to people who are going through a rough patch in their life, this book might help motivate them to do great things.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    My oldest son recently received his Ph. D. in English from UCLA. His dissertation is titled: "Writing Lives: Matters of Life during the American Age of Slavery." I have read several classic books that he recommended that did not factor into his writing but that he felt would give me a deeper appreciation for what has happened. This short biography was not one of them but it could not be more appropriate than right now as the country careens from one nightmare to another under the leadership of T My oldest son recently received his Ph. D. in English from UCLA. His dissertation is titled: "Writing Lives: Matters of Life during the American Age of Slavery." I have read several classic books that he recommended that did not factor into his writing but that he felt would give me a deeper appreciation for what has happened. This short biography was not one of them but it could not be more appropriate than right now as the country careens from one nightmare to another under the leadership of THE GUTTER RAT. Born Malcolm Little, and better known as Malcolm X he was, to put it mildly, a complex individual. Best known as an American Muslim minister and human rights activist he was a popular figure during the civil rights movement and for his staunch and controversial black racial advocacy, and for his time spent as a vocal spokesman for the Nation of Islam. One has to wonder how different things would be, today if he had not been assassinated at age 39. He was gradually realizing that being more inclusive in his efforts to advance the cause for racial equality would accomplish more, hence renounced his support of the Nation of Islam feeling there more militant approach would not be successful. We will never know. And I am not sure anyone knows where the current nightmare is going and how it will end. I do think not electing Trump to a second term and pressing multiple charges for "white-collar crime" and putting the entire family in prison is a good place to start. We shall see. It is less than 150 days.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amy Layton

    I'd read Malcolm X's autobiography many, many years ago, so when I saw this biography penned by Walter Dean Myers, I immediately pounced.  It was so informatie, and helped remind me of many things I'd forgotten!  I remembered many of the important things, but I had forgotten that he spent much of his time in Boston when he was younger, and I didn't know that he had changed his name once more later in life!   I appreciated the fact that Myers quoted directly from Malcolm X's autobiography, and pro I'd read Malcolm X's autobiography many, many years ago, so when I saw this biography penned by Walter Dean Myers, I immediately pounced.  It was so informatie, and helped remind me of many things I'd forgotten!  I remembered many of the important things, but I had forgotten that he spent much of his time in Boston when he was younger, and I didn't know that he had changed his name once more later in life!   I appreciated the fact that Myers quoted directly from Malcolm X's autobiography, and provided his readers with a timeline in the back as well.  Not only that, but he included pictures, explanations of what certain things were (like lye), and made Malcolm's struggles and successes accessible.   Overall, this was a great biography that made the content easily relatable for both his readers and the time period, and provided me with so much new and remembered information!  Definitely worth the read, especially if you want to know more about the Civil Rights Movement. Review cross-listed here!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Su

    I had no idea that this was a book for “young adults” (really I would recommend this for early middle schoolers). I wish that would have been advertised better, and that I had read more reviews first. The book has interesting details of Malcom X’s life, but if you’re looking for a book geared towards adults it’s best that you just read his autobiography. This book pulls a lot of content from that anyway. It is extremely repetitive and occasionally attempts to stylize the writing in a way that do I had no idea that this was a book for “young adults” (really I would recommend this for early middle schoolers). I wish that would have been advertised better, and that I had read more reviews first. The book has interesting details of Malcom X’s life, but if you’re looking for a book geared towards adults it’s best that you just read his autobiography. This book pulls a lot of content from that anyway. It is extremely repetitive and occasionally attempts to stylize the writing in a way that doesn’t fit with the rest of the text. I was also frustrated by the lack of any mention of other groups of color during the Civil Rights Movement. I realize the book focuses on Malcom, but if there’s several pages discussing Black Americans roles in every US war (when he never served) it can also be mentioned as an aside that Indigenous Americans, Latinx Americans, and Asian Americans were also fighting against the same oppressions albeit in very different ways. I would recommend this to a middle schooler reader who was mature enough to want the information.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    This was very educational. Like many, I grew up hearing of Malcolm X only in contrast to Martin Luther King Jr., but didn't know much about him as an individual. This biography, written for young audiences, was a great overview of the life and influence of Malcolm X. I highly recommend this for anyone who wants to know more about the civil rights era but who may be intimidated by dense nonfiction. This was very educational. Like many, I grew up hearing of Malcolm X only in contrast to Martin Luther King Jr., but didn't know much about him as an individual. This biography, written for young audiences, was a great overview of the life and influence of Malcolm X. I highly recommend this for anyone who wants to know more about the civil rights era but who may be intimidated by dense nonfiction.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Whitlaw Tanyanyiwa Mugwiji

    A short, simple and straightforward biography of Malcom X. A thought leader and revolutionary who was taken just when he had become ripe the cause of black people everywhere and the pan Africanist agenda.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Colleen Chi-Girl

    I needed to find out more about Malcolm X. I’ve seen movies and watched some documentaries. This bio helped me understand a little better what motivated him and put him on such a direct and fervent path. I happen to love Walter Dean Myers and sought out this bio for that reason.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    The author did a great job of exploring the different parts of Malcolm X's life. I wish more was known or said about his death and his legacy. That part of the book felt very brief. The author did a great job of exploring the different parts of Malcolm X's life. I wish more was known or said about his death and his legacy. That part of the book felt very brief.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Beverlee Jobrack

    I have heard about Malcolm X all my life but did not know a lot about him. This book was so accessible and engaging, it has made me want to read The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

  17. 4 out of 5

    India

    3.5 stars I stared reading this book by chance as it was the only book in my Costa Rican hostel which wasn’t in German. The book provides a good basic understanding of Malcom X’s life and legacy as well as including vital historical and social context. Ideal for a quick overview but lacks a lot of detail and analysis. Easy to read with black and white photos as well as copies of relevant documents.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nic

    I loved this book, not only due to the fact that I agree with what Malcolm was fighting for, but also because of his transformation from simple begging to becoming a world known political image. I do not agree, though, in how he wanted to completely break off from the white people but, later, I do agree with his more balanced approach to all people working together. I thought this book was a great read and also a great learning experience. Malcolm X by Any Means Necessary, is a book that shows th I loved this book, not only due to the fact that I agree with what Malcolm was fighting for, but also because of his transformation from simple begging to becoming a world known political image. I do not agree, though, in how he wanted to completely break off from the white people but, later, I do agree with his more balanced approach to all people working together. I thought this book was a great read and also a great learning experience. Malcolm X by Any Means Necessary, is a book that shows the rise and fall of one of America's best civil rights activists. This book illustrates the small challenges that Malcolm had to deal with. From the switch of Malcolm Little to Malcolm X within the Muslim religion, all the way through his assassination as one of the biggest names in the black rights movement by the very people that gave him his fame. Malcolm went from busing tables on trains to sitting in the highest of seats in debates with some of the nation’s top scholars. Malcolm truly left his mark on the world and I think this book did a really great job at showing that. The characters in this book are people that made an impact of Malcolm's life. People, such as Elijah Muhammad, gave Malcolm the gift of confidence and a cause. His family played a role in his later life due to the fact that he had to protect them from people trying to hurt Malcolm. Malcolm himself changes much as the book goes on. Malcolm starts out as a child with ambition and transitions to a young adult destined for a life of thievery and injustice. He later becomes a well-educated man with a cause that he had passion for. This story takes place in a wide amount of cities from Chicago all the way to the religious city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It took place in the 1960’s, a time when people had to fight tooth and nail for their rights, and the government became a shadow of repression. This setting impacted his life greatly, because he had to overcome racism and make a voice for himself and everyone else who deserved equal rights. Also, in this time, tensions were high between people. This led to somebody assassinating him because of the things he spoke. I feel the audience that would most like this book would be intellectuals. People who think for themselves will get much more out of the book. For example, why Malcolm did what he did, and why the people against him stood against him. I would also recommend this book to people who are looking for inspiration. This book is also aimed at a younger audience. In all, this book is a story of a boy who was told he could not do anything because of his skin and defies all odds and rises to the top.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dartaijah

    Life stories can go badly, or go well, depending on who is telling it. When you read Malcolm X ; By Any Means Necessary, you will get an OK description of his life. The book is not bad, nor is it great, it’s just ok. Directly in the middle. Overall, the book gives you great information , wonderful details on the events in his life. Malcolm X; By Any Means Necessary biography had many strengths. Such as, the way it flowed and was sequenced. It was sequenced from his childhood to his adulthood, w Life stories can go badly, or go well, depending on who is telling it. When you read Malcolm X ; By Any Means Necessary, you will get an OK description of his life. The book is not bad, nor is it great, it’s just ok. Directly in the middle. Overall, the book gives you great information , wonderful details on the events in his life. Malcolm X; By Any Means Necessary biography had many strengths. Such as, the way it flowed and was sequenced. It was sequenced from his childhood to his adulthood, where he was civil rights leader. It went from the day he was born growing up living in NYC, to the day he was buried, and everyone paid their respect to him. Another well done thing was that every topic brought up was elaborated on very well. Myers had detail after detail supporting his information in the book. Also, another strength Myers had in this biography book was the fact that he incorporated primary documents from Malcolm’s life to help the reader visualize what really went on then. Such as, he included the article of his father’s death “Man Run over by street car”. This example makes me realize how bad racism was back then. These are just a few of the strengths that Myers has in his book. Though there were lots of strengths, there were areas that Myers could improve. A few of those are, one, the vocabulary used could have been more sophisticated to emphasize/elaborate on the meaning or feeling of what’s being said. For an example, instead of him saying, “it hurt so bad,” he could have used “excruciating pain.” Also, an area that Myers could have improved on is giving more information and less pictures, unless the pictures are directly about Malcolm. So the pages that had the pictures on them that were not Malcolm or his family could’ve left room to talk more about his position as a civil rights leader. That leads me to my next weakness for Myers book. He should have talked less about his childhood and more about his position as a civil rights leader. Despite all the weak areas in the book, it was overall an OK book. To sum up, through the strengths and can-be-improveds, this book was high-quality and very interesting. If you are researching Malcolm X and want know about his childhood and NOT so much his position as a civil rights leader, then Malcolm X; By Any Means Necessary is the book you should look into reading!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Trevor Fletcher

    Personal Response The book Malcolm X, By Any Means Necessary was a great book written by Walter Dean Myers. The author did a great job on this book, because it has good history and talked about a man that lived during the time. This book was very informational on how America was in the 1930's, 1940's, and 1950's. It was a cruel place for African Americans. I hope you like this book as much as I did. It was a very good, informational book and interesting to read. Plot The book dealt with the time t Personal Response The book Malcolm X, By Any Means Necessary was a great book written by Walter Dean Myers. The author did a great job on this book, because it has good history and talked about a man that lived during the time. This book was very informational on how America was in the 1930's, 1940's, and 1950's. It was a cruel place for African Americans. I hope you like this book as much as I did. It was a very good, informational book and interesting to read. Plot The book dealt with the time that racism was still going around bad. There was a group called "Nation of Islam" that Malcolm was a part of. It was a community of African American people that studied Islamic beliefs. The nation was originated in Detroit Michigan but they moved around to bigger cities to such as New York. He was arrested in New York for stealing a watch from a pawnshop. He was there for about five years, and when he got out he went back to Detroit. He got his life together and became clean from drugs, alcohol, and stealing. Characterization The main character's name was Malcolm X. He was an African American that tried to change the rights for blacks. He teamed up with Martin Luther King Jr. and was with him for his speeches. He grew up in Michigan and lived there for most of his life. His father was killed by a gang. His whole family was ripped apart and his brothers, sisters, and himself were put into orphanages. He was picked up by another African American family and was raised by them for part of his life. Settings The settings of the story was mainly in Detroit. It was in the more peaceful parts of Detroit Michigan. The went to a church a lot for their group meetings and their everyday prayer. They were very religious so they prayed about three times a day. When Malcolm went to jail, he went to jail in New York. He stuck around New York and eventually came back after a couple of months before he went to jail. When he went back to Detroit he became clean. Recommendation This book would be great for highschoolers that like some kind of history. I would recommend it for sophomores and/or juniors who are interested on people lifestyle in the 1950s era from both white people and African American people perspective.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Martez Mayo

    Malcolm X The book Malcolm X was very adventurous and drumatic. Malcolm x was jumping around from place to place before he found his place in the Life of The Nation of Islam . Malcolm as a young man lost his father at a young age . In a segregated killing by a group of white men , Because they had a Biracial family . So a lot of people targeted his family because around the Mid-sixties white really didn't like blacks and whites together . But after Malcolm lost his father that's when the table Malcolm X The book Malcolm X was very adventurous and drumatic. Malcolm x was jumping around from place to place before he found his place in the Life of The Nation of Islam . Malcolm as a young man lost his father at a young age . In a segregated killing by a group of white men , Because they had a Biracial family . So a lot of people targeted his family because around the Mid-sixties white really didn't like blacks and whites together . But after Malcolm lost his father that's when the tables turned on his mom they started getting to her mentally . And they started getting to her and it started getting bad to the point , that she started shutting down on everybody even her children Malcolm and his 5 other siblings to the point that Malcolm and his siblings were put in a Foster Home and thats when Malcolm was in the the 8th grade when his foster brother told him even with his education he would never be anything . But Malcolm was born in Nebraska ..But when he was told that he would never be anything is when he moved to Detroit and got Introduced to the street life . But don't get me wrong Malcolm was very educated and athletic. But he was introduced to the street life and started wearing Zoot suits and robbing and that's when he got locked up and was sentenced to 10 years to prison. But he was let out in 7 years on good behavior but in jail that's when he was introduced to the Nation of Islam . Malcolm became very powerful and to powerful to the point that the head person of the Nation of Islam Elijah Muhammad got very scared and suspicious and Malcolm was informed of this when he went to the grains and roots of the Religion of Muslim and found out that Elijah Muhammad was preaching the wrong things and that's when Malcolm Announced that he was breaking from the Nation of Islam . I really recommend that people read this book because it can show you a lot and the book has a lot of meaning to it . And how Malcolm started from nothing and became something after losing his father to death and his mother to a mental home and going to jail for 7 years . I would relate this story to a regular life of a Black African American .

  22. 4 out of 5

    Eugene Dixon

    Eugene Dixon This book was about the life of Malcolm X. The book is about Malcolm X stand up for his rights & showing that he can be a leader & there was a way out segregation & he became a powerful leader and an inspiration. Malcolm was a red headed kid that live in Nebraska. Malcolm had to deal with a lot of stuff as a kid. His father's death, his mother being in a Psy. Ward, and him having to live in a foster home. Also Malcolm wanted to become a lawyer, his teacher told him a Negro couldn’t a Eugene Dixon This book was about the life of Malcolm X. The book is about Malcolm X stand up for his rights & showing that he can be a leader & there was a way out segregation & he became a powerful leader and an inspiration. Malcolm was a red headed kid that live in Nebraska. Malcolm had to deal with a lot of stuff as a kid. His father's death, his mother being in a Psy. Ward, and him having to live in a foster home. Also Malcolm wanted to become a lawyer, his teacher told him a Negro couldn’t a lawyer. When Malcolm was older he got into a lot of trouble. He was stealing, doing drugs and working for a Big Top Man, running converted numbers. Malcolm even went to jail for 10 years. In jail he started reading more. Then he became Islam, but Malcolm didn’t know that the man he worshiped Elijah Muhammad would betrayed him, lie to him, want him to be killed. But Malcolm wasn’t scared of being killed, because he knew he was going to change a lot of people. Walter Dean Myers is an African American writers of children’s books best known for young adult literature. He has written over fifty books including picture books and nonfiction. He won Coretta Scott King Award for African-American authors five times. He currently sits on the Board of Advisors of the Society of Children's Book Writer's and Illustrators. Myers received the Margaret Edwards Award from the American Library Association in 1994 for his contribution in writing for teens. He has written other books such as The Life of a Harlem Man , Where Does a Day Go? , The Dancers , The Dragon Takes a Wife.. The book is an inspiring book. You can learn a lot that malcolm x had to go threw & how people was trading on him. His life was rough & you can also learn about him & MLK not liking each other well they different opinions about each other. You can also learn how segregation was back in they time.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Karina Escajeda

    I like Myers' writing style and the subject of the bio, and I wasn't disappointed. However, i thought it was likely too difficult for many of my ELLS to access, so not likely it will get a lot of play in my room. I like Myers' writing style and the subject of the bio, and I wasn't disappointed. However, i thought it was likely too difficult for many of my ELLS to access, so not likely it will get a lot of play in my room.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Erick

    The book im reviewing is called "Malcolm X by any means necessary" A biography by Walter Dean myers.The theme of this book is Malcolm changing his perception on racism. The focus of this is on a huge influencial person in the african american community and his name is Malcolm X.The y followed his life and accomplishments that he achieved. He was born in Ohama nebraska where rasicm and violence was all around. his family decided to move to michigan for a better life but that still wasnt the answe The book im reviewing is called "Malcolm X by any means necessary" A biography by Walter Dean myers.The theme of this book is Malcolm changing his perception on racism. The focus of this is on a huge influencial person in the african american community and his name is Malcolm X.The y followed his life and accomplishments that he achieved. He was born in Ohama nebraska where rasicm and violence was all around. his family decided to move to michigan for a better life but that still wasnt the answer. In michigan they killed his father and sent his mother to a mental hospital.Yet malcolm moved again to Bostonand became a criminal and went to prison.he got a out a changed man and decided to influence others not to be like him and not to take ineaquality as an option. My favorite quotes in this novel were "america needs to understand that i slam because this is the only religion that erases from its society race problem (pg 126). the quote showed how islam is diverse. Americas countires is mostly prejudice. The pther quote that moved me was when he says " i reflected many many times to myself uponhow the american negro has been entirely brainwashed from ever seeing or thinking of himself as he should as a part of the nonwhite poeple's of the world (pg.92). This quote amde me think aboutnow black people perceptiononsoulily being black. Everyone is human and should be treated equal This book was interesting though mostlyy inspring because of how malcolm screwed his like up and still got it togethor. This book made me realize without the helpof malcolm X we wouldnt have the new4th president of america thisookmotivated me.i would reccomnded this book to alot of you ng kids If you like the movie malocolm x you will surely will like this book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Darnisha Clay

    The book Malcolm X by any means necessary was written by New Yorks times bestselling and critically acclaimed Walter Dean Myers. The biography of the one and only civil rights activist to tell his entire life-span through the eyes of another from when he was young being tooken away from his mother after his father died being put into foster homes till he got grew up became Malcolm x and got killed. The purpose of writing this book was to portray Malcolm X was very self educated he was a prophet The book Malcolm X by any means necessary was written by New Yorks times bestselling and critically acclaimed Walter Dean Myers. The biography of the one and only civil rights activist to tell his entire life-span through the eyes of another from when he was young being tooken away from his mother after his father died being put into foster homes till he got grew up became Malcolm x and got killed. The purpose of writing this book was to portray Malcolm X was very self educated he was a prophet , an convict , an good public speaker and a brave man . The book told me what type of person he was and how he became Islamic with Elijah . Muhammad. It also really helped to end the cruel treatment to his people . I recommend people to read this book to learn more about Malcolm X and his family. The author Walter Dean Myers has also garnered much respect and admiration for his fiction , nonfiction , and poetry for young people and best known for young adult literature. He was winner of first Michael L. Printz award , he is considered one of the preeminent writers for children. He has won the Coretta Scott King A has written over fifty books including fiction books and ward for African American authors five times. In addition to the publication of his books, he leads a writing workshop for children in a school in Jersey City, New Jersey. Walter has written over fifty books including picture books.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Feisty Harriet

    This is a decent biography...for young readers. Malcolm X had a pretty rough life, and while his drug use and dealing is discussed, as is the fact that he was a "burglar" there isn't much real talk about the horrible conditions and lack of opportunity Malcolm had in his early years, or much about the violence he preached in his middle years. He is a super controversial character, and part of his appeal to so many inner city black men is he had lived their existence and had served prison time for This is a decent biography...for young readers. Malcolm X had a pretty rough life, and while his drug use and dealing is discussed, as is the fact that he was a "burglar" there isn't much real talk about the horrible conditions and lack of opportunity Malcolm had in his early years, or much about the violence he preached in his middle years. He is a super controversial character, and part of his appeal to so many inner city black men is he had lived their existence and had served prison time for his crimes. And this book doesn't necessarily deny that, but it definitely doesn't go into detail about the realities of his choices and decisions when it comes to drugs, women, violence, and theft.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Yasmeen

    Grade/Interest Level: Middle School Lexile Level: 1050 L Genre: Biography Main Characters: Malcolm X Setting: POV: Third Person This book is a biography of the life of Malcolm X. Walter Dean Myers has broken up the book into four sections which are his childhood; his adolescence; his period of working under Elijah Mohammad; and his life after breaking with the Nation of Islam. It provides a short but insightful account of Malcom’s life. This book can be used as a reference for a study on leaders or Grade/Interest Level: Middle School Lexile Level: 1050 L Genre: Biography Main Characters: Malcolm X Setting: POV: Third Person This book is a biography of the life of Malcolm X. Walter Dean Myers has broken up the book into four sections which are his childhood; his adolescence; his period of working under Elijah Mohammad; and his life after breaking with the Nation of Islam. It provides a short but insightful account of Malcom’s life. This book can be used as a reference for a study on leaders or the civil rights. It has wonderful pictures and is written clearly.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    It is a breath-taking story about malcolm x and how he started as a boy growing up to be an effective activist.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Erwin Thomas

    Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary by Walter Dean Myers is a provocative book. It tells the story of the controversial black leader Malcolm X. Malcolm Little was born in Omaha, Nebraska on May 19th, 1925. It was during the years of the Great Depression when his father was run over by a streetcar in Lansing, Michigan. His death could have been caused by a white supremacist group because his dad was a follower of Marcus Garvey. While in Michigan, Malcolm was forced to live in a number of foster home Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary by Walter Dean Myers is a provocative book. It tells the story of the controversial black leader Malcolm X. Malcolm Little was born in Omaha, Nebraska on May 19th, 1925. It was during the years of the Great Depression when his father was run over by a streetcar in Lansing, Michigan. His death could have been caused by a white supremacist group because his dad was a follower of Marcus Garvey. While in Michigan, Malcolm was forced to live in a number of foster homes separated from his family, for his mother Louise was to be confined to a mental institution. Eventually he relocated to Boston, Massachusetts where he lived with Ella, an older sister. While in Boston he lived with other blacks and became a street wise kid. In the 1940’s he moved to New York City where he was involved with illegal schemes. And shortly after he was charged with breaking and entering and armed robbery and sentenced to prison. While serving time at Charlestown State Prison Malcolm converted to the Nation of Islam. By the early 1950’s he was paroled. Malcolm’s quest at the Nation of Islam led him to Chicago, Illinois where he heard Elijah Muhammad, and was given his X soon after. He grew in stature and became a minister of New York Temple Number Seven. By the late 1950’s Malcolm married Sister Betty X in Lansing, Michigan with whom he had daughters. By the early 1960’s he heard rumors of Elijah’s adultery with his secretaries. So he was becoming estranged from the Nation of Islam, and met with Elijah to try to iron their differences. By 1963 the nation witnessed the march of Washington D.C. led by Martin Luther King, Jr. that was a success. Malcolm X remained critical of this event. When President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22nd, 1963, Malcolm’s public comments led him to be "silenced" by the Nation of Islam. And in 1964, his split with the Nation of Islam was announced in the New York Times. Malcolm later formed his own organization called the Muslim Mosque, Inc. It was during this time that he had his first meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr. Later he went on a pilgrimage to Mecca, and returned as El Hajj Malik el Shabazz. Malcolm then announced the formation of the secular Organization of Afro-American Unity. In 1965 his house in Queens was firebombed. Later that year, Malcolm X was assassinated while giving a speech in Harlem’s Audubon Ballroom. Three members of the Nation of Islam were arrested for this crime, and in 1966 they were sentenced to life imprisonment.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Christian Mason

    Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary by Walter Dean Myers was an inspiring and insightful story about the legendary civil rights Activist, Malcolm X. He never had a rich and wealthy life, but he was smart and wasn't afraid to show it. In elementary, he became class president and was popular in school. Malcolm changed his behavior and acted more "white" or "Caucasian" to fit in more. When he returned from school, he came home to a cloud of problems every day. With homework, his mother going through Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary by Walter Dean Myers was an inspiring and insightful story about the legendary civil rights Activist, Malcolm X. He never had a rich and wealthy life, but he was smart and wasn't afraid to show it. In elementary, he became class president and was popular in school. Malcolm changed his behavior and acted more "white" or "Caucasian" to fit in more. When he returned from school, he came home to a cloud of problems every day. With homework, his mother going through a mental breakdown, and having to survive with scarce food and money, there was a lot of pressure on his shoulders. He gave up school when a teacher told him he wouldn't be able to become a lawyer, he realized that African-Americans will never be able to advance in our society with constant oppression. Long story short, his change in lifestyle and awareness allowed him to have a big effect on the Civil rights Movements. His teacher told Malcolm to give up his dreams of being a lawyer. The teacher thought that those weren't realistic dreams for African-Americans. "We are all here like you, you know that. But you've got to be realistic about being a n*****. A lawyer -that's no realistic goal for a n*****. You need to think about something you can be. You're good with your hands, why don't you do carpentry?" I think that the teacher was rude and unsupportive of his dreams. This caused Malcolm to go to the streets and become a thug. I think that he shouldn't give up on his dreams of being a lawyer. This was one of the evens that changed Malcolm's life.

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