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Readership: Students, scholars, and general readers of African-American history, the US and international civil rights movement, and black political thought
Saladin Ambar, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Lehigh University
Saladin Ambar, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Lehigh University and author of How Governors Built the Modern American Presidency.
"Malcolm Xat teh Oxford Union provides in-depth analyses of the debate through its themes of extremism and moderation, justice and virtue ... The early chapters of Ambar's book, slowed down by lengthy quotations, occasionally lack brio; but Ambar's deft readings of Malcolm's use of humour, rhetorical devices and language begin to drive the narrative. He teases out the nuances of the speech, while highlighting its contemporary relevance." - Douglas Field, The Times Literary Supplement
"It is no mean feat to engage the reader's attentin for 170 pages on a speech that is reproduced in a mere 11, and Ambar is to be congratulated on
pulling it off [...] We still find ourselves asking just what, in the months leading up to his (Malcom X) assasination, did he stand for? This book certainly helps us to answer that question." - Hakim Adi, Times Higher Education
1 Introduction: "This is an interesting despatch"
2 Extremism: "The revolution is now on the inside of the house"
3 Liberty: "Please forward by any means necessary"
4 Moderation "It is no part of the moderate to refuse to fight"
5 Justice "To take up arms against a sea of troubles"
6 Virtue "Authentic Revolutionary"