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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Black Classic Press (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574780492
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574780499
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Hutchinson on January 18, 2013
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If you are planning to read or have read `Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention' by Manning Marable, I suggest upon completion you follow up with this book.

'A Lie of Reinvention' is a compilation of essays by noted writers & scholars addressing Marable's biography on Malcolm X. Convincing arguments are made here; some quite scholarly, but not unpredictable given what Marable wrote. The critiques vary from highlighting inconsistencies, challenging the information sources and even Marable's intent or rationale for inclusion of certain information.

As I stated in my review of `Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention': one book or one author is not enough to contain this man and his transformation. As many of the writers here noted, the biggest positive stemming from Marable's biography - some contend it is the only positive - is it brings Malcolm X and his legacy back into the conversation. I believe critical review and rebuttal is important in order to keep the discussion going, unfortunately Marable is no longer with us to defend his work.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By John W Howard on November 14, 2012
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A Lie of Reinvention: Correcting Manning Marable's Malcolm X brought together scholars who had done a lot of research on Malcolm before Manning Marable's book. Many of the scholars presented in great detail documentation about the inacurracies of conclusions based on assumptions made by Marable. It brings into question the contextualizing of Malcolm in Marable's book. I will have to read again Marable's book on Malcolm with a more critical eye and not just for information about Malcolm.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By george c. luckette on October 26, 2013
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great book for malcolm scholars, it just goes to show just how great a man malcolm x really was...we will never know how great he could have been, but we do know how wonderful he was...no one has ever traveled so far in life in such a short period, we should remain focused on finding out the truth behind his murder...history will never be completed until all names are mentioned, and brought to justice for his murder...lets be truthful and let the chips fall where they will....
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14 of 21 people found the following review helpful By knowledgeispower on November 14, 2012
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If one has read A life of Reinvention, then he owes it to himself to read A Lie of Reinvention. A Life of Reinvention, written by Manning Marable was written, in a way to "humanize" Malcolm X. The counter argument in A Lie of Reinvention, which was written by a group of scholars, authors, and individuals who understands Malcolm X and the African American experience, was to question Manning Marable's objective.

If one has read Manning Marable's book, his objective was to twist Malcolm X's image into one that is not of black nationlism, but of one who was race neutral. Being race neutral, was never really Malcolm's goal, Malcolm X's goal was for black advancement and self determination. Mr. Marable has put his own ideas about Malcolm X into the book that would seem more accepting to a wider audience to sell books. So in a nutshell, Mr. Manning Marable's book, in my opinion and having studied Malcolm X my entire life, was to sell books.

A Lie of Reinvention does a great job of bringing up what possibly could be called slander against Malcolm X to make money. Many of the people who wrote an essay in this book understood Malcolm X and what he stood for. For example, many writers in the book bring up good points, like Mr. Marable reliance on second hand sources and not interviewing people who was closest to Malcolm X, such as his wife Betty who was still alive when Mr. Marable did twenty years of "research". Also, the writers point out that Manning would use sources that was antagonist against Malcolm, these sources should never be used.

This was just my summary, I didn't get too detailed. So, if anyone is interested in Malcolm X, just buy the Autobiography of Malcolm X or A Lie of Reinvention.
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