King: A Life

King - A Life

By Jonathan Eig. The first major biography in decades of the civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.―and the first to include recently declassified FBI files. This portrait of the preacher and activist who shook the world, gives readers an intimate view of the courageous and often emotionally troubled human being who demanded peaceful protest for his movement but was rarely at peace with himself. Provides fresh light on the King family’s origins as well as his complex relationships with his wife, father, and fellow activists. Reveals a minister wrestling with his own human frailties and dark moods, a citizen hunted by his own government, and a man determined to fight for justice even if it proved to be a fight to the death. Follows King from the classroom to the pulpit to the streets of Birmingham, Selma, and Memphis,  dramatically re-creating the journey of a man who recast American race relations. Shows King as a deep thinker, a brilliant strategist, and a committed radical who led one of history’s greatest movements, and whose demands for racial and economic justice remain as urgent today as they were in his lifetime. Read more.