Death of a King
Death of a King
The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year
Little Brown and Company, Hardcover, 9780316332767, 276pp.
Publication Date: September 9, 2014
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.
David Ritz is the author of the acclaimed novels The Man Who Brought the Dodgers Back to Brooklyn and Blue Notes Under a Green Felt Hat. He is the only four-time winner of the Gleason Book of the Year Award. He's also co-written the memoirs of many celebrities.
Praise for What I Know for Sure
"A pulled-up-by-the bootstraps tale that flows as easy as molasses, lulling readers along.... Engaging... and compelling.... It's a down-home tale of how one survives, learns and grows in a discordant world into something bigger and better." -- Los Angeles Times