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Martin Luther King Jr.'s Last 31 Hours

Author: Joseph Rosenbloom

Chronicles the last thirty-one hours of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life as he seeks to revive the nonviolent civil rights movement and push to end poverty in America

This is a close-up and intimate look at the last fateful hours of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life. It draws on dozens of interviews by the author with people who were immersed in the Memphis events, as well as on recently released documents from archives in Atlanta. The fresh material and close scrutiny of government records yield a wealth of illuminating detail, including a lapse, never before reported, by the Memphis Police Department to provide security for King. Redemption unveils the financial and logistical predicament presented by the Poor People’s Campaign, and it recounts the emotional and marital pressures that were bedeviling King in the spring of 1968. Juxtaposed next to the narrative describing King’s hours in Memphis is an account of what his assassin, James Earl Ray, was doing in Memphis during the same time. The book discloses how a series of uncannily lucky breaks enabled Ray, a bumbling convict on the lam, to construct a sniper’s nest and shoot King.
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“A compelling and meticulously researched account by investigative journalist Joseph Rosenbloom, Redemption casts Martin Luther King Jr.’s last thirty-one hours into bold relief. With artful storytelling, the narrative draws the reader intimately into King’s life.”
—Michael K. Honey, author of Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign

“Joseph Rosenbloom’s Redemption is like no other. He tells the suspenseful story of King’s last days in remarkable detail, illuminating King’s increasing radicalism and intensifying purpose in a narrative that takes in both the worst and the best of human possibility.”
—Megan Marshall, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Margaret Fuller: A New American Life and Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast


ISBN: 978-080708338-3
Publication Date: 3/27/2018
Size: x
Price:  $25.95
Format: Cloth
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Will Ship On: March 2018
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