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The most comprehensive the most thoroughly researched and documented the most scholarly of the biographies of Martin Luther King Jr Henry Steele Commanger Philadelphia InuirerWinner of the Robert F Kennedy Memorial Book AwardA New York Times Notable Book of the YearDrawing on interviews with those who knew King previously unutilized material at P Incredibly powerful book After watching Selma recently I realised I really didn t know much about Dr King This book is an excellent biography readable balanced intelligent Unlike many dry biographies this can be a tear jerker at times especially when recounting some of King s fine speeches and with the way in which it builds to the fateful climaxMy only disappointment is the abrupt ending As a new to the subject non American I was really wanting an epilogue something to summarise the future of the civil rights movement and King s legacy To not include that was a huge let down for an otherwise virtually faultless book Now I know how he died but nothing about what happened after his funeralDespite that single flaw I would heartily recommend this book as a fantastic introduction to the life of Martin Luther King

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Let the Trumpet Sound: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. (P.S.)

Residential libraries and the holdings of the Martin Luther King Jr Center in Atlanta Mr Oates has written the most comprehensive account of Kings life yet published He displays a remarkable understanding of Kings individual role in the civil rights movement Oatess biography helps us appreciate how sorely King is missedEric Foner New York Times B Well researched and well written Full of insights into behind the scenes experiences made especially interesting since I was a young woman during that time The only drawback for me was that it was scholarly and I was wanting something relaxing at the time It was like reading an excellent high school or college book

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Ook ReviewBy the acclaimed biographer of Abraham Lincoln Nat Turner and John Brown Stephen B Oates's prizewinning Let the Trumpet Sound is the definitive one volume life of Martin Luther King Jr This brilliant examination of the great civil rights icon and the movement he led provides a lasting portrait of a man whose dream shaped American histor But the I read the sadder I became because I knew what was going to happen Growing up in Southern California I had very little experience with segregation or real poverty This book was a real eye opener


11 thoughts on “Let the Trumpet Sound: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. (P.S.)

  1. says:

    This book is truly comprehensive with substantial insight into Dr Kings spiritual calling philosophic and theological beliefs political and economic theories and the power of non violent protest and love Those wishing to know intimate details of his personal life may find this book lacking information on his family life albeit his

  2. says:

    Incredibly powerful book After watching Selma recently I realised I really didn't know much about Dr King This book is an excellent biography readable balanced intelligent Unlike many dry biographies this can be a tear jerker at times especially when recounting some of King's fine speeches and with the way in which it builds to the fateful

  3. says:

    This should be reuired reading for all Americans The power of love and non violent confrontation shows how one man can change the world Martin Luther King was truly a gift of God and a voice crying in the wilderness He wasn't perfect but neither was David Peter Paul and many other prophets of Old and New Testaments He was honest and had a vi

  4. says:

    Well researched and well written Full of insights into behind the scenes experiences made especially interesting since I was a young woman during that time The only drawback for me was that it was scholarly and I was wanting something relaxing at the time It was like reading an excellent high school or college

  5. says:

    This book is a very thorough accounting of a very productive life I have read several books about M L K and this is the best Very well written and was a page turner God bless him He's in my to five people's list

  6. says:

    I had read this back in the 1990's and just re read it I loved it It was surprising to me how many things seemed completely new to me that I had forgotten It also pointed me to a number of different things that I now want to learn aboutVery striking it was how many of his friends and allies turned against Dr King on the subject of his opposi

  7. says:

    I read this when I realized how little use I had made of the Black History Months that have come and gone I was inspired heartbroken encouraged discouraged lifted up cast down touched by the love of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ amazed at

  8. says:

    But the I read the sadder I became because I knew what was going to happen Growing up in Southern California I had very little experience with segregation or real poverty This book was a real eye opener

  9. says:

    There is a gap in knowledge about Martin Luther King in the UK Yes we know the headlines but his speeches were not broadcast here and in my view otherwise well read people can have a lucana about the broader facts of his lief — for instance his heroic stance on the Vietnam War his anti poverty work and his beautiful personality

  10. says:

    A very moving and interesting book about a time which seems very distant nowInteresting that King was born to a family of preachers and that he was very highly educated His education won him great honours and unti

  11. says:

    This is an excellent and readable biography of Martin Luther King Here is portrayed one of the most outstanding people of the twentieth century and done with both sensitivity and realism Stephen Oates must have reflected very carefully over his sources his own preoccupations stay carefully in the background while he ensures that his subject s