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Drawn from recently declassified FBI files, and interviews with family members and former apostles, The Messenger renders a daring portrait of one of African-American history's most controversial leaders.

In this explosive biography, investigative journalist Karl Evanzz recounts the multidimensional life of a semiliterate refugee from the Jim Crow South who became the influential founder of the Nation of Islam. Considered the "Prophet" by his followers and a threat to national security by J. Edgar Hoover, Elijah Muhammad moved four million African Americans to convert to his heterodox version of Islam, and inspired the lives of Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jesse Jackson, and Louis Farrakhan. But his increasingly insatiable hunger for power ultimately led Elijah Muhammad down a path of corruption, ultimately betraying his teachings and his devoted believers by womanizing, fathering thirteen illegitimate children, and abetting in the murders of those who criticized him, not least of whom, his chief disciple, Malcolm X.

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"Evanzz is a stellar researcher, and no one interested in understanding black America?or in critiquing it?can skip this book."?Salon

Prefacep. XI
Prologue: Undercoverp. 3
Brother's Keeperp. 9
Rootsp. 32
Paradise Lostp. 52
Lord of the Fliesp. 72
Bitter Fruitp. 93
Elijah the Prophetp. 113
Moles in the Mosquep. 133
Kaaballahp. 156
Arabesquep. 178
Compromisedp. 203
Black Macbethp. 228
Sons and Loversp. 256
Devil's Disciplesp. 283
The Pen and the Swordp. 309
Apollo Firesp. 336
And Mercury Fallsp. 361
In the Name of Allahp. 379
Keys to the Kingdomp. 397
A Con for a Conp. 418
Epilogue: Virtual Religionp. 433
Afterwordp. 442
Reported Aliases of the Messenger and of Wallace D. Fardp. 445
The Scarlet Letterp. 448
Concise Genealogy of Elijah Muhammadp. 452
Locations and Infrastructure of the Nation of Islam, 1958-1959p. 455
The Muslim Programp. 465
Selected Declassified Government Documents on Elijah Muhammad and Key Figures in the Nation of Islamp. 469
Acknowledgmentsp. 515
Notesp. 517
Bibliographyp. 591
Indexp. 637
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ISBN: 9780679774068
ISBN-10: 0679774068
Series: Vintage
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 704
Published: 15th January 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 12.1  x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 1