A revealing and dramatic chronicle of the 12 months leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination.
Martin Luther King, Jr. died in one of the most shocking assassinations the world has known, but little is remembered about the life he led in his final year. New York Times best-selling author and award-winning broadcaster Tavis Smiley recounts the final 365 days of King's life, revealing the minister's trials and tribulations - denunciations by the press, rejection from the president, dismissal by the country's black middle class and militants, assaults on his character, ideology, and political tactics, to name a few - all of which he had to rise above in order to lead and address the racism, poverty, and militarism that threatened to destroy our democracy.
Smiley's Death of a King paints a portrait of a leader and visionary in a narrative different from all that have come before. Here is an exceptional glimpse into King's life - one that adds both nuance and gravitas to his legacy as an American hero.
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"Death of a King is a fitting climax to a noble saga. It is here adequately told and placed before history." (Reverend Gardner C. Taylor)
"Tavis Smiley has captured not only the spirit of the movement, but the Spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. in his last days. We didn't realize it but he knew he was on his way to Jerusalem, and as much as we tried to deter him, he fought back." (Andrew Young, United States ambassador to the United Nations and former mayor of Atlanta)
"One of the most important political voices of his generation." (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
This is a fascinating piece of history, read with simple conviction by the author. I could not imagine a different narrator.
Retired teacher of literature with an interest in religion and in science and in history. I have loved reading for 50 years.
The last year of King's life was overfull of hard times....both enemies and friends criticized him relentlessly. He began his campaign against the war in Vietnam, and the president who had helped Blacks gain civil rights was astounded because suddenly King was opposing him. So he fought back. And many of King's supporters and friends were adamantly opposed to King dividing his focus by taking on the war while still seeking equality for Blacks. King was under constant stress...at times he wept...at times he thought of quitting his work at the national level and retiring to a little church in the South, or even accepting an invitation to a church in the UK. Thoughts of death as well as threats of death were constantly with him. The story of his last year is one of a man pushing the boulder up the hill and suffering for every inch. It is a sad story, but it is a compelling story. Maybe we all need to know the story in order to fully honor King. The book is read by the author and he does an excellent job.
The real story of King's final year will send chills down your spine, the betrayal by friends and the media, the depression, the imperfections of MLK and eventually the regicide give readers/listeners a tragic look into the life of one of Americas most heroic leaders.
This was his first performance
The book made me aware and put me at peace with the real legacy of MLK
I'm very glad I got this book. I like the style & the story. Very insightful. I'm going to do more research on the poverty campaign mentioned.
If you let them tell it, Dr. King's assassination comes shortly after his I Have a Dream speech. But this book bridges the gap between that day on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and 5 years later, his final moment of life. I learned so much more about the man and less about the deified martyr. Well done Tavis, we'll done.
Loved it a very eye opening and true to life book with and much needed educational narrative. However, Tavis is not the preferred narrator and this doesn't change my admiration for Tavis Smiley.
A great man who brought peace, standard and for all to follow . non violent protests inspite of the evil millions of lives lost because of people mind set that they are better than the other .lets not forget the message people and live better lives loving and thinking of one another . Thanks Dr king your christ like
Tavis covers a gap in King's life--filling an important void.
When he called Mahalia Jackson asking her to sing as he really needed to hear the voice of God.
The narrator needed to pause more in places and be more conversational. It was too similar in rhythm and tone and made a good story less so.
The Mahalia Jackson story.
The producer needs to be a better narrative coach.
Reading, listening and learning everyday
King was true to his convictions from the war in Vietnam, to equal rights to standing up for the poor. While I don't agree with Dr King's politics, his commitment to non violent protest was the right approach.
Sadly the politicians are more interested in power than truly helping people make a new way for themselves. For too many people government has become the religion of the day. As long as people look to the government as their salvation and rescue they are doomed.
The book was well written and read well.
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