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Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Life Paperback – Bargain Price, December 27, 2005
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"Almost a geological age ago, it seems now--that great moral saga of belief and violence that unfolded in the musky deeps of the South during the civil rights movement of the fifties and sixties." So Frady opens his account, which traces King's transformation from withdrawn, unconfident child to eloquent champion of the oppressed, ever unafraid to trouble the waters. Frady explores King's conflicts, contradictions, and triumphs, as well as the great personal cost he bore in urging nonviolent change in a singularly violent time.
Part of the excellent Penguin Lives series, this slender volume sheds much light on a prophet now honored, but still too little understood. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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MLK is portrayed as a man who rose above his everydayness to achieve insights into the areas of race, poverty and oppression which would move a nation. Blessed in his enemies--the egregious Bull Connor, the banty rooster George Wallace (in his first incarnation) and the despicable J. Edgar Hoover--gave the nation a contrast in possibilities. Despite the reluctance of the Kennedys, the backbiting of his own lieutenants and the inconstancy of the national media, MLK made a difference. To read about his speech at the Linclon Memorial still gives me shivers.
This is a fair, honest portrait of a man who made a difference.
A theme of this book is how Dr. King's moral vision and achievement emerged from moral conflict. Dr King spent most of his career walking a difficult path between extremes. At the beginning of his career, he was criticized by the more conservative black establishment which preferred to use the courts rather than demonstrations as a means to promote racial equality. Indeed, Frady tells us, the Mongomery bus boycott of 1955, which catapaulted Dr. King into national prominence, did not end the segregation of the city's bus system -- a court decision did.
Towards the end of his career, black leaders such as Malcolm X and Stokely Charmichael pressured Dr. King to abandon his philosophy of nonviolence. He did not do so. But Frady shows us how Dr. King and Malcolm X near the end of their lives each learned something from the other.
King's most difficult moral struggle was with himself. Frady gives us a convincing picture of how Dr. King, whose appeal rested upon an ability to convey moral and religous principle, struggled (unsuccessfully) with sexuality.Read more ›
Mr. Frady was one of those reporters assigned to interpret and bring some sense of clarity to the public about the rising civil rights movement and its major leader, King. As a young reporter, he carried out his mission and now as an older statesman of the press he gives us another view about King, his work and his impact on the national scene.
Martin Luther King, Jr. focuses on the success, failures and conflicts of a leader caught in a movement that swept him up into the pinacles of history. We see another dimension of King who is vain, unorganized, guilt ridden and a womanizer. His lieutenants are egotistical, mystical, self-serving and dedicated to the cause of freedom. King's genius in keepint these varied personalities in check for a greater cause is a testament to his genius.
Frady really doesn't tell the reader anything new about King that hasn't been said before. He merely encapsulates previous information into a format that is readily accessible to those who want to get a brief history of King and the movement but can't endure reading works of countless pages of information. In this Frady excels and does a fine job of being brief but doesn't offer the reader in better insights about the man.
I would recommend this book to those who want to get a brief snapshot of King from the perspective of a white southerner. Otherwise I would encourage readers to explore other books that give a more in depth look at the complex life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read! Yes the writing is a bit bombastic and over the top in terms of verbiage, but overall a great read!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Don't get this book unless your willing to look up a new word every half second of reading (see other 1 star reviews for clarification) this book is a waste of money, do. not. buy.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book is interesting and gives a good picture of the life of Martin Luther King and the harsh struggle for civil rights. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Gerrit Middelkoop
The author ran amok with his thesaurus. He presents Dr. King as a conflicted preacher/sex addict throughout. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Russ Hill
It was interesting. Remembering the time of the marches, the book gave insight into the events and the man behind the mystic of the black history for equality in our country.Published 17 months ago by Jo Anne Fox
I read this with a group of other people who had never learned about ALL sides of MLK's life. Helpful to have a book which seems to honestly and yet not judgmentally address what... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Mom of 4
This book presents a warts and all review of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and his achievements. Though this book is short, it is very comprehensive and will encourage people to... Read morePublished on April 1, 2014 by Jean Valjean
Frady hits the major highlights of King's life. Like other bios in the series, it aims to provide a good introduction to the subject. It succeeds!Published on February 11, 2014 by Robert T Spencer
I really enjoyed reading this book about Dr. King's life and fight for civil rights. I admire his attempts at trying to attain equality for African Americans without the use of... Read morePublished on August 18, 2013 by Lynda Statson