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King: Pilgrimage to the Mountaintop

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  64 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
In this fast-paced biography, Harvard Sitkoff presents a stunningly relevant and radical King. Honestly assessing his successes alongside his failures, King: Pilgrimage to the Mountaintop weaves together high and low points to capture King's lifelong struggle, through disappointment and epiphany, with his own injunction: "Let us be Christian in all our actions." By telling ...more
Paperback, 270 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Hill & Wang (first published December 26th 2007)
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Pamela Stadden
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s unimaginable that anyone would ever question the dream. However, Sitkoff’s book shows that not all admired King. He’s right when he says in the intro that his book is compact. Events happen quickly. I sometimes wish the pace had slowed somewhat. I, too, admired King and thought he was an extraordinary man.

This book shows that King was flawed, perhaps like all men. The womanizing was one of his downfalls, leaving him at the mercy of his critics. Sitkoff suggests, as well, that King lost cont
Sitkoff recasts the popular image of the moderate liberal King, emphasizing the leftist revolutionary King. An interesting and useful thesis, and the evidence is broad and plentiful, if not particularly deep. Nor is Sitkoff a more than mediocre writer; this book is most effective when it lets King speak for himself. Still, as a concise biography, this book earns credit for its sober respectfulness and efficient organization.
Jan 30, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010, new
Interesting, interesting.
Joel Daniel Harris
Aug 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: justice
Balanced, intimate retelling of King's life. Very readable & very informative. Highly recommend.
Debbie Jarrell
It took me a few weeks to read this book, because it's very in depth about MLK's involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. This is not an idealized version about King's life, but rather portrays him as a flawed sinner. The author describes himself as an admirer of King's ideas, and I think this book is a pretty accurate description of King's life from the time he became involved in civil rights until his death. I learned things that were pretty shocking, both about King and life in the deep Sout ...more
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
For a concise biography of King, it was rather repetitive. Still, King's life was interesting enough to keep me going. I didn't realize how radical some of his views were, especially near the end of his life. I didn't realize how young he was when he died (39). I also didn't realize he had more affairs than Tiger Woods. That's sarcasm, but he was a complicated man. He stood up for justice and equality and exposed America's propensity for greed, racism and violence, but he couldn't control his ow ...more
Artin EVHS Montaseri
This book definitely did have me feel like I was there in the time of this Civil Movement. Extremely descriptive of Dr.King's life and steps towards his success. This book has the reader get a full understanding of the situation at dire need of attention. Is a great book!
Francisco Garcia
I read this while I was in a mental institution for about a week due to severe depression. very uplifting. "only when its dark enough can we see the stars"
CJ EVHS Lusitna
Another MLK book that portrays the important MLK. In this twist it's a witness for many events of MLK
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