Martin Luther King, Jr: A Life

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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.


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Learned some hidden events about Dr King that I had not heard before (we are all able to make mistakes and when we put leaders above average humanity we will discover they have faults) Read full review

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I’d like to suggest a good read. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Life (2002) by Marshall Frady is one of the Penguin Lives biography series books. Nearly all of these books are excellent short bios, well ... Read full review

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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.