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The messenger : the rise and fall of Elijah Muhammad / Karl Evanzz.

By: Evanzz, Karl.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c1999Edition: 1st ed.Description: xv, 667 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 067944260X; 9780679442608.Subject(s): Elijah Muhammad, 1897-1975 | Black Muslims -- Biography | African Americans -- BiographyAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Messenger.; Online version:: Messenger.DDC classification: 297.8/7/092 | B Other classification: 15.85
Contents:
Brother's keeper -- Roots -- Paradise lost -- Lord of the flies -- Bitter fruit -- Elijah the prophet -- Moles in the mosque -- Kaaballah -- Arabesque -- Compromised -- Black Macbeth -- Sons and lovers -- Devil's disciples -- The pen and the sword -- Apollo fires -- And Mercury falls -- In the name of Allah -- Keys to the kingdom -- A con for a con -- Virtual religion.
Summary: Gives an unprecedented account of the man whose philosophy continues, long after his death, to shape race relations in America.
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Book University of Texas At Tyler
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BP223.Z8 E434 1999 (Browse shelf) Available 0000001479971

Includes bibliographical references (p. 589-633) and index.

Gives an unprecedented account of the man whose philosophy continues, long after his death, to shape race relations in America.

Brother's keeper -- Roots -- Paradise lost -- Lord of the flies -- Bitter fruit -- Elijah the prophet -- Moles in the mosque -- Kaaballah -- Arabesque -- Compromised -- Black Macbeth -- Sons and lovers -- Devil's disciples -- The pen and the sword -- Apollo fires -- And Mercury falls -- In the name of Allah -- Keys to the kingdom -- A con for a con -- Virtual religion.

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Library Journal Review

Muhammad, the controversial Nation of Islam leader who died in 1975, was instrumental in converting nearly four million African Americans to his religion. In this revealing portrait, Evanzz, a Washington Post writer, shows how his huge personal fortune, illicit affairs, and betrayal of friends caused him to fall from grace. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Evanzz, an editor for The Washington Post, provides an incredibly detailed account of the life of the former Elijah Pools. Originally from Georgia, Pools, as a young working-class family man in Detroit, battled alcoholism and despair. He discovered the world of black sects and their leaders, including Noble Drew Ali and the Moorish Science Temple (a forerunner of the Nation of Islam), and Wallace D. Fard, an elusive confidence man who in the early 1930s preached a bizarre theory of the supremacy of the colored races. Pools, newly renamed Elijah Muhammad, took Fard's ideas and built what became the Nation of Islam. After serving prison time during WW II for his refusal to be drafted, Muhammad's "Nation" of black Muslims numbered about 400 people. But Muhammad's preaching attracted members of the Little family, including Malcolm Little, renamed Malcolm X, who almost singlehandedly turned the Nation of Islam into a national presence. He also attracted Louis Walcott, later renamed Louis Farrakhan. Evanzz's work already has made headlines for his devastating expose of the sheer magnitude of the personal corruption within Muhammad's personal coterie. Evanzz places Muhammad in the "Elmer Gantry" tradition of American religion. A life story stranger than any novelist could dream. For all levels. P. Harvey; University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

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