- Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: HarpPeren; Reprint edition (December 3, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006092473X
- ISBN-13: 978-0060924737
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,034,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The most comprehensive, the most thoroughly researched and documented, the most scholarly of the biographies of Martin Luther King, Jr.” (HENRY STEELE COMMAGER, Philadelphia Inquirer)
“Moving, scholarly, lucid, invaluable. ... The book on Martin Luther King.” (WILLIAM MANCHESTER, author of The Last Lion)
“Oates has written the most comprehensive account of King’s life yet published. ... Displays a remarkable understanding of King’s individual role in the civil rights movement. ... Helps us appreciate how sorely King is missed.” (ERIC FONER, New York Times Book Review)
“A monumental work. ... A stirring portrait.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Martin Luther King is captured in all his power, glory, and humility.” (Chicago Tribune)
“Clearly the best biography we have. ... Stirring. ... Evokes King and his epic struggle with you-are-there vividness.” (Newsday)
A Notable Book of the Year (New York Times Book Review)
About the Author
Stephen B. Oates is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst. His books include Let the Trumpet Sound: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and With Malice Toward None: A Life of Abraham Lincoln. Oates has been awarded numerous honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and Nevins-Freeman Award of the Civil War Round Table of Chicago for lifetime achievement in the field of Civil War studies.
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My only disappointment is the abrupt ending. As a new to the subject non-American, I was really wanting an epilogue - something to summarise the future of the civil rights movement and King's legacy. To not include that was a huge let-down for an otherwise virtually faultless book. Now I know how he died but nothing about what happened after his funeral.
Despite that single flaw, I would heartily recommend this book as a fantastic introduction to the life of Martin Luther King.
Very striking it was, how many of his friends and allies turned against Dr. King on the subject of his opposition to the Vietnam war. And, of course, how incredibly right he was!
In my humble opinion, anyone who wants to call himself or herself "American", has got to know the history contained in this book. We would live in a different world, if they did.