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A great portrait of an incredible human being. It is comprehensive and fair, not overly reverential of a figure whom many consider to be an icon. The second, updated edition that was augmented about eight years after King's death is the better volume, as the passed time has helped the author to refine and improve his perspective. The only quibble that I have with this absorbing portrait is that the author's vocabulary is at times unnecessarily florid - as in it will have you going to the diction ...more
Lewis's biography of King was published eighteen months after his assassination. As such, it is untrammelled by the subsequent secular canonisation of King, an occurrence that serves more to obscure the nature of the man and his achievement than to illuminate it. Having been published then Lewis could not have taken advantage of the material that emerged in the 1990s and later. As such, one could argue a full scale revision of the book was in order. However, that would likely have muddied its or ...more
David Levering Lewis is the Julius Silver University Professor and Professor of History at New York University.More about David Levering Lewis...