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- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.; Unabridged library edition (June 15, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1441746293
- ISBN-13: 978-1441746290
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 3.6 x 7.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 46 customer reviews
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Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (Library Edition) Unabridged library Edition
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Reader Jeff Riggenbach successfully voices the words of King, his family, and his fellow civil rights activists with honest intelligence and authentic emotion. This is not only an excellent narrative but also a primer on the important events of the 1960s. --Library Journal
Likely to remain for a long time the most informative life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the most thorough study of the Civil Rights Movement.--New York Times Review of Books
Absorbing reading. Garrow aimed simply to write the definitive chronicle of King's life during the period of his public eminence; and he has performed the task with skill and integrity. --Times Literary Supplement
Brilliant. . . .one of the most valuable sources of contemporary history in print.--Sunday Boston Globe
Provocative. . . .a complex and convincing portrait. --Time
About the Author
DAVID J. GARROW is Senior Research Fellow in Homerton College, University of Cambridge. He served as a senior advisor for ''Eyes on the Prize,'' the award-winning PBS television history of the American Black freedom struggle, and as editorial advisor for the Library of America's two-volume Reporting Civil Rights (2003). He is a university level professor and regularly contributes to distinguished popular and academic periodicals on such issues as politics, civil rights and history.
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Garrow brilliantly relates the strengths and weaknesses of MLK. I was left with a much stronger, positive image of Dr. King, while understanding that he was far from being a saintly man, despite his being an ordained preacher. Based on Garrow's writing, I am left with several deep impressions of Dr. King:
1. He sincerely was dedicated to the concept of nonviolent protest against racial discrimination, segregation, voting rights, civil rights, poverty, and the Vietnam War.
2. King worked himself to the point of illness and total exhaustion to support the causes he believed in.
3. He was a man with a huge heart, willing to listen to those who opposed and attacked him, and giving of his time and energy to those in need of his spiritual support.
4. King understood that the SCLC needed his leadership, but was an ineffective administrator whose unwillingness to sever ties with certain people weakened the organization financially and other non-spiritual matters.
Garrow devotes considerable attention to FBI Directot J.Edgar Hoover. He discusses the wiretaps of Dr. King's personal and professional phone lines. He writes about his obsession with MLK's extra-marital affairs. Garrow states that the FBI seemed more interested in Dr. King's travels than in the constant threat of physical violence directed at Dr. King and the SCLC marchers and demonstrators.
I heartily recommend "Bearing the Cross" to anyone interested in learning more about the civil rights movement in America between 1955-68.
He moved a nation, several times, and had he not been assassinated, he may have accomplished even more than we can imagine.
I'll revise this when I'm done. It's very, very good.
A few things I would note - I think the author missed a chance to explain how his dad, Michael Luther King, Sr., came to have a son who became well-known as Martin Luther King, Jr., and whose nickname as a child and young man was "Mike."
One CANNOT read this book in one sitting.
It's taken me MONTHS to read and fully digest this. I recommend this book hands down for anyone who wants to learn about the Civil Rights Movement and the things MLK had to endure and live with.
Another good read is Tavis Smiley's "Death of a King". But this one is extremely detailed.
King's life has many sides, with many interesting details. A close personal friend of King named Professor Vincent Harding taught a college class on King, with a really interesting twist. The story of what happened is detailed in the book "Reality's Pen: Reflections On Family, History & Culture" by Thomas D. Rush on pages 48 and 194 in a piece called "The Picture On The Wall." The book can be found right here on Amazon. At the current time, David J. Garrow is researching an approved biography of President Barack Obama, which is said to have an expected release date sometime in 2016. Professor Garrow called author Thomas D. Rush in March of 2014 to interview him regarding two private conversations Rush held with the President in January of 1989 while working as a Community Organizer. Professor Garrow told Rush during that conversation that Rush's book is well-written. Rush's account of his meetings with President Obama appears on page 95 of Rush's book in a story called, "You Never Know Who God Wants You To Meet."