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When Harlem Nearly Killed King: The 1958 Stabbing of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Paperback – January 6, 2004
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Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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By 1958 King was becoming the heir apparant of Civil Rights eclipsing old timers such as Walter White, A. Philip Randolph and other notables of the movement. His youth, popularity, eloquence and successful leadership in the Montgomery Bus Boycott had the world's eye on him. Two prominent white politicians who needed black votes for governor also had their eye on him as a support for their campaigns. New York's Black leadership also was scruitinizing King who appeared to be a potential threat to their power.
Politics, jealousy and the medical ineptness of a senior doctor almost got King killed. The action of one deranged woman culminated in a chain reaction whose outcome was unknown. King was stabbed and all of the world was looking at New York, the politicians and the medical establishment as they reacted to the incident.
Pearson probes through the intimate details of all the key players. He shows us the petty politics of the black leadership and unravels the lies of a doctor who claimed he "saved" King. We look at a venue of actors on stage trying to become the star and we wonder how in the world King survived? This incident was not a mere footnote in history but shows how the political and social mechanism of the time made people react to an incident that may have caused further problems and set backs to the movement. Join with the author as he probes the darkside of this incident and provides us with the fresh light of truth.
However, the real key to the book was the author's ability to use the events leading up to the 1958 book signing as well as all of the individuals involved from NAACP party leadership to the surgical team to very insightfully explain what was happening in the civil rights movement at the time and the attitudes and ideals of those in the midst of it.
It is one that I thoroughly enjoyed and would probably sit down and read again at another time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I chose this book because of its interesting and long overlooked, school-avoided topic. I was delighted by the wonderful writing skills of Mr. Read morePublished on October 13, 2010 by Suzannah
Well written, concise and fact filled. I'd heard the story of the Black woman who nearly killed King during a book signing. But nothing more. Now she has a name, Izola Curry. Read morePublished on April 7, 2002