Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary

Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary

by Walter Dean Myers


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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. A Coretta Scott King Honor Book and an ALA Notable Children's Book. Photos.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780590481090
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/1994
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 156,140
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 1050L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Walter Dean Myers is the 2012 - 2013 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. He is the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author an award-winning body of work which includes, SOMEWHERE IN THE DARKNESS, SLAM!, and MONSTER. Mr. Myers has received two Newbery Honor medals, five Coretta Scott King Author Awards, and three National Book Award Finalists citations. In addition, he is the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book after I could not find the autobiography in a school library. I was disappointed at the simplicity of the book and that it was too short to get a good idea of who Malcolm X really was. To anybody considering reading this: skip it and pick up the autobiography.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a high school sophomore who had to do a research project. This book is more of a modified version of his autobiography. His autobiography is much more detailed compared to Meyers version. This book isn't very specific or detailed. It skimmed over his life and was very simple. I consider this an easy read. It did go over his whole life from his childhood, teen years, when he was working with Elijah Muhammad, and after he wasn't with the Nation of Islam. Though it was very detailed, it does tell the most important facts of his  life and skims over the details. It even has exerts from Malcolm X's autobiography stating his opinions. Walter Dean Meyer's doesn't  really state if he agrees or disagrees with Malcolm, more just telling it as it happened. This book showed how strong minded         Malcolm truly was and how he was determined to do what he thought was right. The book itself is very short. Only 224 pages and the text is very large and there's pictures. What is helpful is there is a timeline in the back of the book with what is happening in the world on one side, and what is going on in Malcolm's life on the other. After reading this book, though I do not agree with everything Malcolm thought or did, I do respect and see why he would believe he did. Overall, this is an okay book without much detail and  if you are looking for more detail his autobiography will be a better choice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very good
Richyroo22 More than 1 year ago
A book not only about a very contraversial person in American society. But a book that will stand the test of time simply as a good book. Malcom x born Malcom Little will take you on a journy of hardships laughs and tears. Not only of african history but one of American history. In what some call the greatest time in american history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Malcolm X was a strong man that does things his ways. This book explains the back in the day story of the legend.
WorldReader1111 More than 1 year ago
I was pleased with this book. It is, first, well written yet easy to read, with a solid, straightforward narrative, plus a sober, unsensational tone, as to avoid much of the hyperbole that often accompanies discussion of this particular historical figure. Furthermore, 'Any Means' is, simply, a functional literary document, offering a relatively comprehensive overview of Malcolm X's life and times, as well as the overarching context of his experience, thus yielding some valuable insight into his psychology and motives. Most notably, the text succeeds in granting some understanding of his doctrine and philosophy, from a more or less neutral perspective, rather than emphasizing the correctness or incorrectness of his actions. All in all, 'Any Means' is worthwhile in this respect alone. There is, however, more to the book, and of a scope that transcends the subject of Malcolm X. Namely, his story depicts, by consequence, the '50s American-black experience at large, along with an equally substantial review of national events from the period, as to construct a compelling historical portrait of the time from a Negro perspective. Additionally, Malcolm X presents a purely human study, that of the man himself rather than the civil-rights icon, who underwent radical personal growth through several epochs of his life experience, and eventually evolved into an individual that bore little resemblance to his past selves. These respective elements, too, are meaningful enough to justify the book on their own, in my opinion, with much to teach. My sincere thanks goes out to this book's author, subjects, and publisher. I am grateful for, and have benefited from, your work. * * * "Wheather you won or lost at craps wasn't that important. If you won you bought the beers at the party; if you lost you still went to the party, but had to wait until a friend bought you the beers." -- p.44 (describing what I believe to be a good way to approach life in general) "'If a person has a dirty glass of water and thinks it's good,' Elijah Muhammad said, 'the best way to convince him to get rid of that water is to show him a clean glass of water.'" -- p.86-87 "The difference between Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcom X were primarily in their methods. Both men were dedicated to bettering the condition of their people. But there were major differences in how they were perceived by the outside world." -- p.117 "Part of Malcolm's trust for [this diverse group of people], his growth, was his new willingness to acacept peple as individuals. He had always accepted blacks as individuals [...] But for a long time he had not accepted whites. Now he knew he must change." -- p.155 "Malcolm grew. He grew away from the Nation of Islam, and away from the separatist philosophy of that organization. The Nation of Islam had returned to him the wings that had been taken from him because of his color, and Malcolm [...] found himself able to fly." -- p.187
michaelredenbaugh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessarya biography by: Walter Dean MyersIf you¿re like me, and know absolutly nothing about Malcolm X, then this book is for you. Malcolm X started out as Malcolm Little, born in Omaha, Nebraska. His father was a member of the Universal Negro Improvement Association. This is what really changed his whole life. He really just wanted to improve the standing of African-American families in America. He started his journey by joining the Nation of Islam. This really made a big impact. He help the nation grow into many thousand from just a few hundred. He was quite serious. So serious, in fact, that he took the pilgrimage to Mecca. This had some influence in his name change to El Hajj Malik el Shabazz. He felt this would help him feel closer to his religion. He left the Nation of Islam to found and lead his own African-American improvement association. When he was becoming more and more influencial, he started to receive death threats. He was so concerned that he started to carry a loaded gun in and around his house. I liked this book so I would recommend this book to people, it is explanatory and easy to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a sophmore in High School and i read this book for my research project. I think this book was sort of helpful because i learned most about Malcolm and his life style. It was an interesting book because i got to go more into his life, when he was little and hustling on the streets, when he  was in prison and found out about the Nation of Islam, till he died well known all around the world.  I would recommend but also not recommend this book to other high school students. Why i would t recommend this book is because it gave some detailed information about Malcolm growing up and  changing all through the book. Why i wouldn't recommend this book is because it seems to not have  that much information. The biography seems to be a short book for a person who has done so many  things, and to have changed the world with such impact on everyone, not just black people. Other than that i really enjoyed the book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book gives you a key look at a man many say is evil.If you really read this book you will reliaze what malcolm was feeling from his days as a teen,to a man of wisdom.