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Unformatted text preview: What is the most influential book you have read, and why is it so influential to you? University of Michigan Over the summer, I had to read The Autobiography of Malcolm X for my AP United States History class. This might have been the most influential book I have ever read. When I think back about this book, the most important message I can think of is just be yourself. I learned that I shouldnt try to integrate yourself into what is around you so that you feel more welcome. You cannot change your heritage, your morals, or your beliefs. Malcolm X believed that trying to be something else shows how shameful you feel about your heritage and that is not right. We should be proud of who we are, who our fathers are, and who our ancestors were. Whenever I think of this message, Holden Caulfield comes to mind from The Catcher in the Rye . He stated that everybody was a phony and was pretending to be like others and that made Holden sick. I think I might be guilty of that and I should really take Malcolm Xs message made Holden sick....
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This note was uploaded on 03/16/2010 for the course BIO 3243 taught by Professor Drem during the Spring '10 term at Amarillo College.

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