Martin Luther King, Jr.

Books that celebrate the life -- and extend the legacy -- of one of the greatest of Americans.

 


 

A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Collected in this volume of more than 700 pages are the sermons, speeches, interviews, and other writings (including the unforgettable "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" and the stirring "I Have a Dream" oration) that defined the aspiration, message, and visionary eloquence of Martin Luther King, Jr. An indispensable book.

 


 

Why We Can't Wait

By Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

The nonviolent protests led by Martin Luther King, Jr., in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963 proved to be a defining moment for the dreams and strivings of the Civil Rights movement. This book provides King's own account of the Birmingham marches and sit-ins as well as his broader meditations on the struggle for equality.

 

 


 

Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963

By Taylor Branch

 

Awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1989, Parting the Waters is the first volume in Branch's monumental trilogy, America in the King Years 1954-1968. Epic in scope and compelling in detail, it combines with its sequels (Pillar of Fire and At Canaan's Edge) to produce an unmatched record of profound human, historical, and political drama.

 


 

Bearing the Cross

By David J. Garrow

 

The most comprehensive book on the life of Dr. King and the context of his achievements, this 1987 Pulitzer Prize-winner draws on over 700 interviews with King's associates as well as his private papers. It portrays a complex man whose human frailties only magnified the power of his faith and the grandeur of his undertakings.

 


 

A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [CDs]

 

No page can do justice to the extraordinary eloquence of Dr. King, so we are lucky that the inspiring marriage of his voice and his message lives on in the original recordings of his sermons and speeches. The most famous, including "I Have A Dream," are collected with many others in this monumental 7-CD set.

 

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In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.