Martin Luther King, Jr. by Marshall Frady
(Penguin Lives)

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Marshall Frady, the reporter who became the unofficial chronicler of the civil rights movement, here re-creates the life and turbulent times of its inspirational leader. Deftly interweaving the story of King’s quest with a history of the African American struggle for equality, Frady offers fascinating insights into his subject’s magnetic character, with its mixture of piety and ambition. He explores the complexities of King’s relationships with other civil rights leaders, the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, and the FBI’s J. Edgar Hoover, who conducted a relentless vendetta against him. The result is a biography that conveys not just the facts of King’s life but the power of his legacy.

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Marshall Frady (1940–2004) was a veteran journalist who wrote for Newsweek, Harper’s, and the New Yorker. He was also a correspondent for Nightline and ABC News. His books include Wallace, a biography of George Wallace, and Jesse: The Life and Pilgrimage of Jesse Jackson.
Published December 27, 2005 by Penguin Books. 216 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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An exemplary, brief life of the African-American leader who effected epochal changes in his 39 years.

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Never shying away from controversial topics, such as King's deep rage against the U.S. war in Vietnam or the plagiarized portions of his writing, Frady also perceptively analyzes how King's political strategizing emerged from his often conflicted emotional needs—many of his bold, decisive gains f...

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