Even barer than Adoff's scaled-down life of Malcolm X (KR, 1970), this large-print text gives only an outline of the problem that landed Malcolm in prison at age twenty (""He had no hope. He acted mean. He hated the world and himself."") and of his ministry under Elijah Muhammed. His later, post-Mecca, leadership is treated in somewhat greater depth though the assassination is dismissed in only one sentence -- ""One day he was killed by men who did not believe in his dream."" There's no reason to prefer this over Adoff, except that the photos (not exceptionally telling in themselves) night interest a generation too young to have seen Malcolm X in the newspapers and TV news.