MARTIN LUTHER KING by James Donald McKee


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The chief feature of this book is a complete dossier on King's activities combatting segregation and advancing voting rights; it is much too superficial to satisfy as biography. Although it touches upon the conflicts he faced in later years--over black power and the violation of non-violence, over Vietnam vis a vis reform--and suggests that he was less than successful in the Northern cities, it does not probe the issues and situations involved; neither does it convey the personality of King as a young man. Unfortunately, the Lerone Bennett, Jr. biography, which does tell What Manner of Man he was, stops in 1964, and Clayton, even as updated, is not as thorough as this. Not the inside story nor especially empathic but well-informed on the public figure.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1969
Publisher: Putnam