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Hellhound on His Trail by Hampton Sides
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Oct 25, 11

bookshelves: favorites, 2011, would-recommend
Read from October 19 to 25, 2011

** spoiler alert ** I love books like this: true-life/non-fiction, very detailed (Ray's hotel in TN was $10/week) and INTERESTING. I mean, the story itself it almost unbelievable. John Earl Ray escaped from prison TWICE, he assassinated MLK with almost no gun training, he was on the lam for 65 days, managed to hit up 3 foreign countries while he was escaping, and almost got away with it!! But the flawless way that Sides merged Ray's story with MLK's and other key players from the government (President Johnson, J. Edgar Hoover, etc.) really helped me get a feel for the times (e.g., Hoover hated MLK with a passion) and the unfortunate racist aura that enveloped the country. I also liked how Sides presented MLK - he was a flawed and brilliant man with a few skeletons in his closet who ultimately condoned non-violent protests, while knowing that his time was close. And even though I knew the basic story and obviously the outcome, I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see how he finally got caught!

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