Let the Trumpet Sound: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Let the Trumpet Sound: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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by Stephen B. Oates
     
 

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Winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Award
Winner of the Christopher Award
A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year

By the acclaimed biographer of Abraham Lincoln, Nat Turner, and John Brown, Stephen B. Oates's prizewinning Let the Trumpet Sound is the definitive one-volume life of Martin Luther King, Jr. This

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Winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Award
Winner of the Christopher Award
A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year

By the acclaimed biographer of Abraham Lincoln, Nat Turner, and John Brown, Stephen B. Oates's prizewinning Let the Trumpet Sound is the definitive one-volume life of Martin Luther King, Jr. This brilliant examination of the great civil rights icon and the movement he led provides a lasting portrait of a man whose dream shaped American history.

Editorial Reviews

WILLIAM MANCHESTER
“Moving, scholarly, lucid, invaluable. ... The book on Martin Luther King.”
ERIC FONER
“Oates has written the most comprehensive account of King’s life yet published. ... Displays a remarkable understanding of King’s individual role in the civil rights movement. ... Helps us appreciate how sorely King is missed.”
Chicago Tribune
“Martin Luther King is captured in all his power, glory, and humility.”
HENRY STEELE COMMAGER
“The most comprehensive, the most thoroughly researched and documented, the most scholarly of the biographies of Martin Luther King, Jr.”
Newsday
“Clearly the best biography we have. ... Stirring. ... Evokes King and his epic struggle with you-are-there vividness.”
New York Times Book Review
A Notable Book of the Year
bn.com
Winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Award and the Christopher Award, this examination of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. portrays a very real man with a powerful dream that helped shape American history.
Roger Wilkins
The thrilling story is not only full of drama, but...of the real King, his bravery, his triumph, his pain and his doubts. -- Washington Post Book World

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062321459
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/31/2013
Series:
P.S.
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
592
Sales rank:
601,259
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.20(d)

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Roger Wilkins
"The thrilling story is not only full of drama, but...of the real King, his bravery, his triumph, his pain and his doubts."

Meet the Author

Stephen B. Oates is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst. His books include Let the Trumpet Sound: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and With Malice Toward None: A Life of Abraham Lincoln. Oates has been awarded numerous honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and Nevins-Freeman Award of the Civil War Round Table of Chicago for lifetime achievement in the field of Civil War studies.

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Let the Trumpet Sound: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
On a recent trip to Mississippi, I read a book my wife gave me. 'Let the Trumpet Sound' by Stephen Oates is a book I waited a few years (22 to be precise ) to get my hands on. It's the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, laid out by an obvious admirer and unabashed liberal. King's life is an inspiration, and reminded me, once again, what a real Christian can do when he/she combines courage and principle and turns them into action. There were a lot of things I had forgotten about his life and there were some things I didn't know. Oates style held up through most of the book, though it wore thin at the very end. To his credit, he did not gloss over King's personal mistakes, and pointed out, rightfully, that it provided ammo for the FBI, which was more interested in hurting him than helping him. Over the years, I have heard conspiracy theories about King's death and FBI involvement. Oates doesn't go there, but its clear J Edgar Hoover had it in for MLK. Oates points out that King's greatness is undeniable and his life still moves me. I thought for a long time about my own Christianity, and what it means to me. It's tough to be a Christian in these dark and strange times, there are so few churches where the madness hasn't invaded. I felt a real sense of nostalgia for a voice in the church like King's. I'm pretty sad that there isn't one right now. As I turned the pages to read about his death in Memphis, I stopped and paused for a minute. I didn't want to read about it, but forced myself to finish. What a loss for the world. Had he lived, Dr. King would now be 75 years old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent recount of one of the most influential people of the 20th century. I really got a deep look into, and understanding of the struggles of the Black population. Stephen E. Oates brought this struggle to life for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really caught my attention.