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The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X
The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X | Les Payne, Tamara Payne
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Longlisted National Book Award (Nonfiction) Best Books of Fall 2020 O, the Oprah Magazine An epic biography of Malcolm X finally emerges, drawing on hundreds of hours of the authors interviews, rewriting much of the known narrative. Les Payne, the renowned Pulitzer Prizewinning investigative journalist, embarked in 1990 on a nearly thirty-year-long quest to interview anyone he could find who had actually known Malcolm Xall living siblings of the Malcolm Little family, classmates, street friends, cellmates, Nation of Islam figures, FBI moles and cops, and political leaders around the world. His goal was ambitious: to transform what would become over a hundred hours of interviews into an unprecedented portrait of Malcolm X, one that would separate fact from fiction. The result is this historic biography that conjures a never-before-seen world of its protagonist, a work whose title is inspired by a phrase Malcolm X used when he saw his Hartford followers stir with purpose, as if the dead were truly arising, to overcome the obstacles of racism. Setting Malcolms life not only within the Nation of Islam but against the larger backdrop of American history, the book traces the life of one of the twentieth centurys most politically relevant figures from street criminal to devoted moralist and revolutionary. In tracing Malcolm Xs life from his Nebraska birth in 1925 to his Harlem assassination in 1965, Payne provides searing vignettes culled from Malcolms Depression-era youth, describing the influence of his Garveyite parents: his father, Earl, a circuit-riding preacher who was run over by a street car in Lansing, Michigan, in 1929, and his mother, Louise, who continued to instill black pride in her children after Earls death. Filling each chapter with resonant drama, Payne follows Malcolms exploits as a petty criminal in Boston and Harlem in the 1930s and early 1940s to his religious awakening and conversion to the Nation of Islam in a Massachusetts penitentiary. With a biographers unwavering determination, Payne corrects the historical record and delivers extraordinary revelationsfrom the unmasking of the mysterious NOI founder Fard Muhammad, who preceded Elijah Muhammad; to a hair-rising scene, conveyed in cinematic detail, of Malcolm and Minister Jeremiah X Shabazzs 1961 clandestine meeting with the KKK; to a minute-by-minute account of Malcolm Xs murder at the Audubon Ballroom. Introduced by Paynes daughter and primary researcher, Tamara Payne, who, following her fathers death, heroically completed the biography, The Dead Are Arising is a penetrating and riveting work that affirms the centrality of Malcolm X to the African American freedom struggle.
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Winner of the 2021 Pulitzer prize for biography. This is a fantastic book incredibly researched. Heavy but readable and filled with empathy and a balanced criticism. Highly recommend.

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SamAnne I‘m waiting until I find the time to read Malcom X‘ autobiography, and the will read this. Sometime this year! 7mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @SamAnne good plan it is interesting, Payne points out different, sometimes incorrect things in the autobiography. Reading it first and closely to this one will expand the experience. 7mo
Eggs I too have wanted to read about Malcolm X for a long time 👏🏻👨🏾‍🦱👍🏼 7mo
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February Reads
Thanks to a lot of insomnia I read 16 books this month.

4.5 ⭐
The Dead Are Arising
The Secret Lives of Church Ladies
Hood Feminism

4 ⭐
What Alice Forgot
On the Come Up
One by One
Klara and the Sun
The Known World

The Soul of A Woman
The Murder at The Brightwell
Each of Us A Desert
The Street

Sweetness At The Bottom of the Pie
A More Perfect Heaven
An Ordinary Man
Autobiography of Red

Come-read-with-me Insomnia is at least good for reaching reading goals! 11mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @Come-read-with-me I wish it helped me reach my exercise goals 😆 11mo
Come-read-with-me Completely agree! 11mo
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Listened to this on audio but want to revisit sections so have ordered a hardcover.

Les Payne worked on this book for decades and it shows. Hundreds of interviews and pages of research. I did not know the history of the Nation of Islam and thus weaves their creation with a biography of Malcolm, along with how the KKK, FBI and politics shaped and changed throughout his life.
Incredibly well put together and very readable.

SamAnne This is on my shortlist for 2021. On hold at the library. 12mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @SamAnne I was pretty intimidated by it. It is a longer book, the only thing I could suggest is if you can reading MX's autobiography first. I am reading it next but many things Payne points out I feel it would have been better to have this as a follow up. 12mo
SamAnne @ChaoticMissAdventures thanks for the tip. I think I will do that. 12mo
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18 hours, oy.

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Merry Christmas to me! Supported another indie & bought things I‘ll know I will like!

Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻🎄🎉 13mo
Cinfhen Yay!!! Merry Christmas 🎁🎄 13mo
TheBookHippie Both on my list as well!! 13mo
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Today‘s listening - the gift guide episode, which has lots of great non fiction inspiration ( including the tagged book). #nfn2020

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Fast becoming one of my new favourite genres. The tagged book is definitely going to make the list for Santa!


8little_paws Definitely one of my favorite genres! Thanks for sharing this link. Off to review! 1y
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