by Les Payne & Tamara Payne

WINNER • 2021 PULITZER PRIZE IN BIOGRAPHY • WINNER ― 2020 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR NONFICTION • TIME Magazine ― 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2020 • A New York Times Notable Book of 2020 and Editors’ Choice Selection • Best Books of 2020: NPR, Washington PostLibrary Journal, Chicago Public Library • Excerpted in The New Yorker • Longlisted ― Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction • Best Books of Fall 2020 ― O, the Oprah MagazineThe WeekSt. Louis Post-Dispatch

An epic biography of Malcolm X finally emerges, drawing on hundreds of hours of the author’s interviews, rewriting much of the known narrative.

Les Payne, the renowned Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative journalist, embarked in 1990 on a nearly thirty-year-long quest to interview anyone he could find who had actually known Malcolm X―all 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.

Interview with the Author

Intelligence Squared
The Life and Legacy of Malcolm X. with Tamara Payne and Yassmin Abdel-Magied
10/23/20        64 min

KUT » In Black America
Tamara Payne (Ep. 12, 2021)
2/21/21         30 min

Into America
“The Dead Are Arising”
12/3/20        31 min

Talk Cocktail
The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X
12/26/20         29 min

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