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The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Creators: Clayborne Carson
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Pub. date: 01/01/2001
Lib. SRP: 75.00 USD
Ret. SRP: 0.00 USD
Format: Adobe PDF eBook
Lib. ISBN: 9780446597128
Ret. ISBN: 9780759520370
DRM Level: Adobe Content Server 4
Min. Version: Adobe Digital Editions
File size: 7770 KB
Languages:
   English
Subjects:
   Biography & Autobiography, History, Nonfiction
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Short Description:
   

First-person account of the extraordinary life of America's greatest civil rights leader. It begins with his boyhood as the son of a preacher, his education as a minister, his ascendancy as a leader of civil rights, & his complex relationships with leading political & social figures of the day.

Full Description:
   

First-person account of the extraordinary life of America's greatest civil rights leader. It begins with his boyhood as the son of a preacher, his education as a minister, his ascendancy as a leader of civil rights, & his complex relationships with leading political & social figures of the day.

Synopsis:
   The inspiring, never-before-published autobiography of the world's greatest civil rights leader--constructed from his writings, correspondence, and interviews, many of them never before made public.
Reviews:
  New York Times Book Review
      "Valuable . . . worthy . . . King was consistently eloquent and polished, a master of word and effect, possessed of a voice that was unmistakable and true."
  Publisher's Weekly
     

November 2, 1998
Carson, director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project and author of A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., has pieced together an incomplete study of King's life by supplementing his extant autobiographies (e.g., Stride Toward Freedom and Where Do We Go from Here) with previously unpublished and published writings, interviews and speeches. If King's rhetorical flourishes and use of the word "negro" sometimes seem outdated, the compilation still offers a concise first-person account of his life from his birth in Atlanta in 1929 to his awakening social consciousness and discovery of the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. History propelled King to center stage in the struggle for black liberation. When Rosa Parks refused to surrender her bus seat in 1955, the "once dormant and quiescent Negro community was now fully awake" and King, along with many others in Montgomery's black community, organized the bus boycott that would launch King into his leadership role in the civil rights movement. The book offers glimpses of King's family life as well a view of famous Americans such as Stokely Carmichael, Malcolm X and JFK. (In 1960, King did not feel "there was much difference between Kennedy and Nixon." He writes, "I felt at points that he was so concerned about being President of the United States that he would compromise basic principles.") But what is most evident throughout Carson's study is the moral courage that sustained King and allowed him to inspire a largely peaceful mass movement against segregation in the face of bloody reprisals. (Dec.) FYI: In November, Carol Publishing will release Seventh Child: A Family Memoir of Malcolm X, by his nephew Rodnell P. Collins.

  Library Journal
     

July 1, 1998
Carson, who in 1985 was asked by the King family to direct the editing and publication of King's papers, constructs a first-person narrative.

  Ebony
      "Revealing . . . comprehensive . . . brings King's spirit to life, leaving us finally not with a larger-than-life icon, but with a man full of humor, humility, and honor."
  The New Yorker
      "Exceptionally successful . . . illuminates the intellectual underpinnings of King's courage."
  Library Journal
      "Highest recommendation . . . compelling . . . Carson creates an eloquent and expressive narrative [and] lets MLK's distinct first-person perspective resonate through the book."
  Seattle Times & Post-Intelligencer
      "A stunning re-creation, persuasive in the feeling of its authenticity . . . Carson succeeds admirably. . . . Reveals the humanity of a man who is now almost an icon."
  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
      "A fascinating, often insightful look at one of the greatest Americans. . . . Carson [provides] a full treatment of King's emergence as a national figure . . . [and gives] a useful overview of his life and achievements."
  America
      "Remarkable . . . Dr. King speaks eloquently and powerfully through these pages and affords readers a privileged look into his mind and heart. . . . Read this book. If it does nothing else, it will remind you of a voice we sorely miss."
  Gospel Today
      "Carson has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of King that is brought to bear in this work."
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