I listened to this book right after completing Taylor Branch's trilogy on the Civil Rights Movement. It was a fitting follow-up, as Branch's book ends (essentially) with King's assassination. This book is fast-paced without being frantic. It is informative and entertaining. Based on many reviews on this site that indicate that most authors do a poor job of reading their own work, I debated whether -listening- to this book was a good idea (in contrast to reading it). I'm glad I decided to listen to it; Hampton Sides does a good job in my view.
I loved... LOVED... listening to this book. The story is amazingly interesting (especially for social scientists who study race in America). But the reason I took time to write this review is to comment on the narrator's performance. I cannot imagine another person doing a better job. I am now a total fan of Ray Childs; I just wish there were more selections read by him. If you find the description of this book the least bit interesting, you won't regret spending time with it.
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