The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr., Paperback

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr. Paperback

Edited by Clayborne Carson

4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Compiled from his own words, this history-making autobiography IS Martin Luther King: the mild-mannered, inquisitive child and student who rebelled against segregation; the dedicated young minister who constantly questioned the depths of his faith and the limits of his wisdom; the loving husband and father who sought to balance his family's needs with those of a growing nationwide movement; and the reflective, world-famous leader who was fired by a vision of equality for people everywhere.

Relevant and insightful, this Autobiography offers King's seldom discussed views on some of the world's greatest and most controversial figures including John F.

Kennedy, Malcolm X, Mahatma Gandhi and Richard Nixon.

This book brings to life a remarkable man whose thoughts and actions speak to our most burning contemporary issues and still inspire our desires, hopes and dreams.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages, Section: 16, B&W
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Autobiography: general
  • ISBN: 9780349112985



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A wonderful portrait of Dr. King,a powerful,though humble and charismatic leader.Above all an exceedingly brave and dedicated person.The speeches and the Letter from Birmingham Jail are very moving and inspiring.Where,O where is there a man of stature today?

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'In 1985 Dr Carlson was invited by the King family to direct the long term project of editing and publishing the papers of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.' This excellent book is very readable and moves easily between commentary and extracts from his messages, preaches and letters. A moving, inspirational and thought provoking read. A lovely lesson in oratory too.Favourite quotes:a lesson for our politicians- ' I strongly feel that we must end not merely poverty among Negroes but poverty among white people. Like wise, I have always insisted on justice for all the world over, because justice is indivisible. And justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. ''Love is identified with a resignation of power and power with a denial of love. What is needed is a realisation that power without love is reckless and abusive and that love without power is sentimental and anaemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.'