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"Garrow, who teaches political science at the City College of New York, draws on 700 interviews and King's personal papers to depict the man's strength and vision as well as his failings and fears. PW noted that the book stresses King's 'philosophy of nonviolent resistance, coupled with love and tempered by realism.'"
- Publishers Weekly

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"First of all, this isn't a biography for the weak-hearted. It's around 1,000 pages on long. Rather than bouncing from Montgomery to Birmingham to Selma, as if the Southern Civil Rights Movement carried itself entirely on momentum, this book explores the details and compromises that went into King's political maneuverings. Garrow is also unafraid to discuss King's frailties, implicitly positing (and answering) the question: don't a persons public actions and deeds outweigh their private shortcomings? This is not only the best book on King that exists, it may very well be the best book on the Southern Civil Rights Movement of the 60's that exists."

"A great book which provides an in-depth and well researched look at both the life of Martin Luther King and the movement that he came to represent. This book presents a fair and objective perspective, and does not attempt to paint an idealistic or glamorized portrait of a truly extrodinary man with very human weaknesses. This book should be at the top of the list for anyone interested in MLK and the civil rights movement."

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Paperback 1988.

800 pages.

Good condition.

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