King: A Life - Signed Edition!
by Jonathan Eig
Available May 16th, 2023
Relying on scholarly research, including previously unseen archival material, as well as interviews with all those still alive who were key players in King’s life, King: A Life is a wonderfully paced, page-turning narrative that is immensely readable and accessible, a complex, nuanced portrait that adds many new dimensions to what we already know about Martin Luther King, Jr.--not as a safe, historical figure but King the man and King the activist, a rebel and radical that challenged and changed the status quo, who fought against racial injustice, poverty, and the war in Vietnam while remaining true to his radical core belief of non-violence. This amazing chronicle shows Dr. King in a wide historical context, his key role in the civil rights movement, and the relentless war waged by the federal government and the FBI that weaponized King’s life against him, unleashing a violent backlash in America that eventually claimed King’s life. A truly monumental work that Ed loved and highly recommends!
The first full biography in decades, King mixes revelatory and exhaustive new research with brisk and accessible storytelling to forge the definitive life for our times. Includes 8 pages of black-and-white photographs
Vividly written and exhaustively researched, Jonathan Eig’s King: A Life is the first major biography in decades of the civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.—and the first to include recently declassified FBI files. In this revelatory new portrait of the preacher and activist who shook the world, the bestselling biographer gives us 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. He casts fresh light on the King family’s origins as well as MLK’s complex relationships with his wife, father, and fellow activists. King 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. As he follows MLK from the classroom to the pulpit to the streets of Birmingham, Selma, and Memphis, Eig dramatically re-creates the journey of a man who recast American race relations and became our only modern-day founding father—as well as the nation’s most mourned martyr.
In this landmark biography, Eig gives us an MLK for our times: a deep thinker, a brilliant strategist, a perplexing husband and father, 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.
About the Author
Jonathan Eig is a former senior writer for The Wall Street Journal. He is the New York Times bestselling author of five books, including Ali: A Life, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig, and Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season. Ken Burns calls him "a master storyteller," and Eig's books have been listed among the best of the year by The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Sports Illustrated, and Slate. He lives in Chicago with his wife and children.