Death of A King

Death of A King

The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year

eBook - 2014
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A revealing and dramatic chronicle of the twelve months leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination

Martin Luther King, Jr. died in one of the most shocking assassinations the world has known, but little is remembered about the life he led in his final year. New York Times bestselling author and award-winning broadcaster Tavis Smiley recounts the final 365 days of King's life, revealing the minister's trials and tribulations -- denunciations by the press, rejection from the president, dismissal by the country's black middle class and militants, assaults on his character, ideology, and political tactics, to name a few -- all of which he had to rise above in order to lead and address the racism, poverty, and militarism that threatened to destroy our democracy.

Smiley's DEATH OF A KING paints a portrait of a leader and visionary in a narrative different from all that have come before. Here is an exceptional glimpse into King's life -- one that adds both nuance and gravitas to his legacy as an American hero.

Baker & Taylor
Presents a revealing chronicle of the twelve months leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, discussing how he rose above denunciations by the press and assaults on his character to address racism, poverty, and militarism.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014
ISBN: 9780316332712
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: Ritz, David
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Jun 29, 2016

Recommended this very worthwhile read to understand MLK the man and the 60s.

Jul 15, 2015

Very interesting book. Challenging to read since I do not read "documentaries" but worth reading. To learn the personal of MLK was good for me. I have always admired the man and do even more now. So, peaceful, kind, very stressed out and just wanted all to get along.
To read the last 12 months of his life was amazing, the last few weeks had me sad and the details of the last day , I wanted cry.

Nov 16, 2014

This is a great book, completely unexpected given Tavis Smiley's somewhat corporatist leanings [as in when he was at Town Hall on his book tour, he still believes in President Obama, contrary to all his extreme neocon appointments, and Eric Holder, contrary to his legal background - - as in negotiating out-of-court settlements favoring corporations which hired assassins to murder union organizers - - and refusal to pursue the banksters]. Those unfamiliar with the incredible difficulties and social assault on Rev. King during his last year of life should be shocked by this book's revelations. [Smiley does presume overly much from time to time, but the same could be said for his NPR show also.]


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