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Thomas Powers: Malcolm X

25 August 2011
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention 
by Manning Marable.
Allen Lane, 592 pp., £30, April 2011, 978 0 7139 9895 5
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... chaotic tangle of Malcolm’s big ideas, which routinely claimed contradictory things. Somehow, Haley gave narrative coherence to Malcolm’s life and thoughts in a book, marvellous to read, which ManningMarable, in his careful and scholarly new biography, depends on heavily. A professor of history at Columbia University, Marable died three days before his book was published. Malcolm X: A Life of ...

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Landeg White: Afrocentrism

13 May 1999
Afrocentrism: Mythical Pasts and Imagined Homes 
by Stephen Howe.
Verso, 337 pp., £22, June 1998, 1 85984 873 7
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... caucus threatened some delegates with assault. But he doesn’t identify any lasting damage to scholarship, least of all to the work of serious black scholars such as Henry Louis Gates, Paul Gilroy, ManningMarable and Cornel West (to pick names at random). Though a few of the books he describes are undeniably nasty in their anti-semitic and psychosexual bigotry, he also tells us how that bigotry has ...

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