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The book is a powerful and moving story depicting the life and times of perhaps the most controversial black leader in American history. The force or power in the novel lies, not just in the vivid description of the times in which the author lived, but also in the language. The language in the book is direct, forthright and conversational. There are no long-winded and verbose statements made or a theory put forth on important issues like racism and the civil rights movement in America. The language used is simple, direct, yet sharp and hard hitting. The narrative style is perfected to the extent that no reader can be unaffected or unmoved by the condition of blacks in America as depicted in the book through Malcolm' own experiences.
The book is just like its hero- Malcolm X, honest and frank. It speaks against racism without mincing any words. And just as Malcolm X during his lifetime moved his audiences through his fiery speeches, his book published after his tragic death will certainly succeed in touching a chord in the reader.