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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (272 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David J. Garrow Narrator: Jeff Riggenbach Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, this is the most comprehensive book ever written about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. David J. Garrow had unrestricted access to Martin Luther King’s personal papers, to thousands of pages of newly released FBI documents, and to more than seven hundred interviews with King’s closest friends and enemies.

Garrow traces King’s transformation from the young pastor of a modest church into the foremost spokesperson of the civil rights movement. The book’s unifying theme is King’s growing awareness of the symbolic meaning of the cross, as his sense of personal mission deepened into an acceptance of a life that would demand the ultimate sacrifice. This is a powerful portrait of a man at the epicenter of one of the most dramatic periods in our history—and of his metamorphosis into a legend.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Likely to remain for a long time the most informative life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the most thorough study of the civil rights movement.”

    New York Times Review of Books

  •  “Provocative…A complex and convincing portrait.”

    Time

  • “Absorbing reading. Garrow aimed simply to write the definitive chronicle of King’s life during the period of his public eminence; and he has performed the task with skill and integrity.” 

    Times Literary Supplement

  • “Brilliant…one of the most valuable sources of contemporary history in print.”

    Sunday Boston Globe

  • “Reader Jeff Riggenbach successfully voices the words of King, his family, and his fellow civil rights activists with honest intelligence and authentic emotion. This is not only an excellent narrative but also a primer on the important events of the 1960s.” 

    Library Journal

  • Winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Biography

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Pam | 11/16/2013

    " Interesting but the author tried to put too much information into one book and left out the human interest peice. After a while it was drugery to read so I didn't finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jim Courtney | 10/23/2013

    " Tremendous motivational story of a truly remarkable man "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by George Bradford | 8/14/2013

    " Thoroughly researched and crisply written, one of the most magnificent episodes in American history comes alive on the pages of this wonderful book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kerry | 7/13/2013

    " great look at the nuts and bolts of the civil rights movement. Garrow covers everything MLK from managerial philosophy, to fundraising methods, to personality disuptes, and of course spiritual underpinnings and organizing tactics. Very practical applications for activists today. "

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