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King: A Life

King: A Life


Book Overview: King: A Life

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, 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.

Named one of the ten best books of 2023 by The Washington Post Chicago Tribune Time

A New York Times bestseller and notable book of 2023 One of Barack Obama's favorite books of 2023

One of The New Yorker's essential reads of 2023 A Christian Science Monitor best book of the year One of Air Mail's twelve best books of 2023

A Washington Post and National Indie Bestseller One of Publishers Weekly's best nonfiction books of 2023 One of Smithsonian magazine's ten best books of 2023

"Supple, penetrating, heartstring-pulling and compulsively readable . . . Eig's book is worthy of its subject." --Dwight Garner, The New York Times (Editors' Choice)

"[King is] infused with the narrative energy of a thriller . . . The most compelling account of King's life in a generation." --Mark Whitaker, The Washington Post

"No book could be more timely than Jonathan Eig's sweeping and majestic new King . . . Eig has created 2023′s most vital tome." --Will Bunch, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Hailed by The New York Times as "the new definitive biography," King mixes revelatory new research with accessible storytelling to offer an MLK for our times.

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PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date2023-05-16
EditionFirst Edition
Dimensionsin x in x in
Weight lbs
Jonathan Eig, a highly esteemed author, is celebrated for his riveting non-fiction works, evidenced by his New York Times best sellers and multiple awards. Born in Brooklyn and a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Eig's keen interest in untold stories and meticulous research have crafted a remarkable career in the literary world. Eig's repertoire of biographical stories includes "Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig" and "Ali: A Life," a detailed exploration of the legendary Muhammad Ali. His literary prowess and unique writing style have garnered him accolades such as the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting and the Times Sports Biography of the Year. A renowned journalist as well, Eig's insightful reporting has been featured in premier publications like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Esquire. He also frequently contributes to NPR’s radio shows and is a regular guest on Fox Sports television. Despite the diversity in his career, Eig's focus and passion for vividly embodying the essence of his subjects remain constant.


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