Book Review: Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable

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'Abdu'l-Baha (1844-1921), Head of the Baha'i Faith from 1892-1921, wrote, "Truthfulness is the foundation of all the virtues of the world of humanity. Without truthfulness, progress and success in all of the worlds of God are impossible for a soul. When this holy attribute is established in man, all the divine qualities will also become realized."

This "holy attribute" is as essential to the process of understanding historical figures as it is to the development of the personal soul. James. W. Loewen argued this point eloquently in his "Lies My Teacher Told Me". Loewen critiques the tendency toward "heroification" of historical figures. He describes "heroification" as "a degenerative process (much like calcification) that makes people over into heroes. Through this process, our educational media turn flesh-and-blood individuals into pious, perfect creatures without conflicts, pain, credibility, or human interest".

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