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A revealing and dramatic chronicle of the twelve 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 bestselling 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Smiley’s efforts to show the man who was his hero since he was a young boy adds a dimension to the reams of writing about Dr. King.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “That we know how it ends in no way detracts from the book because the enrichment, as in most instances, is in the journey. Author Tavis Smiley also narrates this book…His Southern accent and earthy, uneven approach accentuate the personal message of this work.”


  • “A reverential look at Martin Luther King Jr.‘s last agonizing year that does not disguise the flaws of a saint…[A] poignant account of King’s final struggle. An eloquent, emotional journey from darkness to light.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, September 2014
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