Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention
Manning Marable


He was a country bumpkin who became a zoot-suited entertainer who became a petty criminal who became a self-taught intellectual… In his revealing and prodigiously researched new biography, Marable vividly chronicles these many incarnations of Malcolm X, which has been well reviewed. He describes the multiple masks he donned over the years and explodes the myths that obscure the real man. By the end of the 1960s, Malcolm’s disciples had elevated him to what Manning Marable calls “secular sainthood.” But Marable himself resists the temptation of hagiography and fills in the gaps left by previous books.

Paperback, 608pp
Penguin Books, 2012
ISBN 9780141024301