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Let the Trumpet Sound

A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.


About the Book

Winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Award
Winner of the Christopher Award
A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year

By the acclaimed biographer of Abraham Lincoln, Nat Turner, and John Brown, Stephen B. Oates's prizewinning Let the Trumpet Sound is the definitive one-volume life of Martin Luther King, Jr. This brilliant examination of the great civil rights icon and the movement he led provides a lasting portrait of a man whose dream shaped American history.

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Critical Praise

“The most comprehensive, the most thoroughly researched and documented, the most scholarly of the biographies of Martin Luther King, Jr.” —HENRY STEELE COMMAGER, Philadelphia Inquirer

“Moving, scholarly, lucid, invaluable. ... The book on Martin Luther King.” —WILLIAM MANCHESTER, author of The Last Lion

“Oates has written the most comprehensive account of King’s life yet published. ... Displays a remarkable understanding of King’s individual role in the civil rights movement. ... Helps us appreciate how sorely King is missed.” —ERIC FONER, New York Times Book Review

“A monumental work. ... A stirring portrait.” —Publishers Weekly

“Martin Luther King is captured in all his power, glory, and humility.” —Chicago Tribune

“Clearly the best biography we have. ... Stirring. ... Evokes King and his epic struggle with you-are-there vividness.” —Newsday

A Notable Book of the Year —New York Times Book Review

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062321459
  • ISBN 10: 0062321455
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 12/31/2013
  • Pages: 592
  • List Price: 24.99 CAD
  • BISAC3: SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies

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