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The Awful Grace of God: Religious Terrorism, White Supremacy, and the Unsolved Murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. Hardcover – March 27, 2012
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Praise for The Awful Grace of God
A timely study.” Kirkus
A step in the [right] direction of a better understanding of a national tragedy.” Booklist
About the Author
University with a degree in history. He now lives and teaches high school in New Jersey, where he won the prestigious James Madison Teachers’ Fellowship in 2010.
Larry Hancock was raised in Oklahoma and graduated from the University of
New Mexico with a triple major in anthropology, history, and education. He has worked on a variety of historical research projects, including November Patriots and Someone Would Have Talked. He lives in Oklahoma.
Top Customer Reviews
In this rather contrived effort, however, Hancock and his coauthor Wexler reassess the MLK evidence, and conclude that Ray indeed did it, and that the effort was funded by Southern extreme right wing racists. The book is quite repetitive, with the only new information of interest (the identification of rabid activists and their political mentors) being brought forth every other page, or so it seems.
For those who follows the case, an aged,ailing Memphis restaurant owner (of a grill house located right under the boarding house where the shot that killed MLK was alledgedly fired), Floyd Jowers, came forth in the 90s and contacted the King family to confess his (unwitting, he claimed) participation in the hit on King.
Despite formidable resistance from official Justice, King lawyers managed to bring the case to trial. By preliminary arrangements, the King family had agreed to sue Jowers for just a symbolic penalty of a few dollars.
This spectacular trial is documented in a riveting book, "the 13th juror: the complete transcript of the MLK assassination conspiracy trial",that you can find here at Amazon. It is nearly 800 pages, but I can assure you this is an absolute page-turner.
The authors of "The awful grace of God" dismiss the Jowers confession without much argumentation, hinting that he might have done so for monetary gain, but without producing any evidence for this claim.
I have not heard of any book of film deal negociated by Jowers to cash in on his confession.Read more ›
In the course of clearing out chaff from some previous popular writings on the King murder, Wexler and Hancock engage in some lively debunking of the Lloyd Jowers story, pointing out (among many specific problems with the case made by William Pepper) that the Memphis civil trial proceeding that buttresses the story allowed huge swaths of dubious testimony into the record unchallenged. As an aside, relating to the comment of a previous reviewer that the authors hint that Jowers was in it to profit from his story but offer no proof, the authors specifically cite Dr. Pepper's own work, wherein he relates a story about a Jowers' attempt to persuade one of Pepper's witnesses to alter her story in the pursuit of a $300,000 book/movie offer.
Beyond a paradigm-shifting look at the probable course of a conspiracy to murder Dr. King, Wexler and Hancock probe further - into the frightening ideological swampland that propelled the conspirators: the Christian Identity beliefs of the man whose body of work was slavishly followed by White Knights head Sam Bowers and his cohorts: the Rev. Wesley Swift.Read more ›
The expansive depth of their research is impressive and provides convincing factual support. Larry Hancock and Stuart Wexler have presented a unique and thoughtful evidentiary inspection for the reader.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellently written expose on the targeted assassination of Dr King.Published 14 months ago by Clayton A. Aarons
There's simply no finer author/researcher that weaves a true story of intrigue mixed with actual American history than Larry Hancock. Read morePublished on February 2, 2013 by Lee Abbott
The book is wordy, repetitious and badly organized. The topic and author's premise is interesting, but the writing makes it tough to wade through.Published on December 24, 2012 by wilbill
Most will dismiss the idea that the Klan plotted and succeeded in killing Martin Luther King. The truth was that there were many attempts and plots that failed over the years as... Read morePublished on April 21, 2012 by David Boylan