Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Life

Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Life

by Marshall Frady
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Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Life by Marshall Frady

Marshall Frady, the reporter who became the unofficial chronicler of the civil rights movement, here re-creates the life and turbulent times of its inspirational leader. Deftly interweaving the story of King’s quest with a history of the African American struggle for equality, Frady offers fascinating insights into his subject’s magnetic character, with its mixture of piety and ambition. He explores the complexities of King’s relationships with other civil rights leaders, the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, and the FBI’s J. Edgar Hoover, who conducted a relentless vendetta against him. The result is a biography that conveys not just the facts of King’s life but the power of his legacy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143036487
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/27/2005
Series: Penguin Lives Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 576,194
Product dimensions: 6.96(w) x 5.04(h) x 0.57(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Marshall Frady (1940–2004) was a veteran journalist who wrote for Newsweek, Harper’s, and The New Yorker. He was also a correspondent for Nightline and ABC News. His books include Wallace, a biography ofGeorge Wallace, and Jesse: The Life and Pilgrimage of Jesse Jackson.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He was a good man who wanted to fight for his rights to freedom
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the book Martin Luther King Jr. by Marshall Frady and it was the most in-depth book about Dr. King¿s Life. This book traveled through the time in history when there was an outrage of racial segregation. The book takes you way back to his childhood years in Atlanta, his college years at Morehouse College to his assassination in Memphis. Frady talks about his experiences with Dr. King and all the troubles he went through in his life. He seemed like a dedicated man who cared about equal rights, but inside he was full of hurt and anger. He put his family and life on hold to fight for his rights. Dr. King had stumps in his way like Jim Crow Laws and Ku Klux Klan. He also threatened his family lives by getting threatening phone calls to kill them and bombs setting off in his house. He did various marches he didn¿t stop marching until the police got the dogs and hoses out. He was thrown in jail many times. One of his worst jail experiences was in Birmingham, where he wrote the Letter in Birmingham Jail. This book also talks about his famous I have a Dream Speech, which made an impact on society. Through it all he made it through the struggle and he became known as the Greatest Civil Rights Activist of all times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This treatise presents insights into the humanity of a martyr. It was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s human traits . . . stubborness, dedication, belief in the Almighty . . . that led inexorably to his death in Memphis in April 1968. 'I may not get there with you,' is perhaps the most prophetic announcement of a spiritual leader's discerned destiny since Jesus pointed to Judas the night before His betrayal
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