An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King

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Verso, Jan 1, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 334 pages
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Martin Luther King Jr was the most powerful and eloquent champion of the poor and oppressed in US history, and at the height of his fame in the mid-sixties seemed to offer the real possibility of a new and radical beginning for liberal politics in the USA. In 1968, he was assassinated; the movement for social and economic change has never recovered.

The conviction of James Earl Ray for his murder has never looked even remotely safe, and when William Pepper began to investigate the case it was the start of a twenty-five year campaign for justice. At a civil trial in 1999, supported by the King family, seventy witnesses under oath set out the details of the conspiracy Pepper had unearthed: the jury took just one hour to find that Ray was not responsible for the assassination, that a wide-ranging conspiracy existed, and that government agents were involved.

An Act of State lays out the extraordinary facts of the King story—of the huge groundswell of optimism engendered by his charismatic radicalism, of how plans for his execution were laid at the very heart of government and the military, of the disinformation and media cover-ups that followed every attempt to search out the truth. As shocking as it is tragic, An Act of State remains the most compelling and authoritative account of how King's challenge to the US establishment led inexorably to his murder.
  

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User Review  - Dewin Anguas Barnette - Goodreads

If I could give this 10 stars, I would. It is the most thoroughly researched case that I have ever come across. As we near the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's most famous speech and are forced to ... Read full review

Review: An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King

User Review  - Angele - Goodreads

Very Interesting Read! I read this shortly after graduating from undergrad. Very informative and insightful. Read full review

Contents

The beginning
3
The television trial of James Earl Ray
17
New strands and connections
42
Raul and the Grabows
53
The conspiracy deepens
62
New allies revelations and untimely deaths
82
The trial
107
The aftermath and a posttrial summary
148
A vision unto death and a truth beyond
163
the how and the why of
181
The United States Attorney Generals report
218
Epilogue
262
Appendices
273
Notes
295
Index
325
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William F. Pepper is an English barrister and an American lawyer. He practices international human rights law from the US and from London, and has convened a seminar on international human rights at Oxford University. He has represented governments and heads of state, and has appeared as an expert on international law issues. He is the author of four other books and numerous articles.

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