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Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the…

von Hampton Sides

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April, 1967: a prison escape. James Earl Ray, nondescript thief and con man, drifts through the South, into Mexico, and then Los Angeles, where he is galvanized by George Wallace's racist presidential campaign. February, 1968: a Memphis garbage strike. Martin Luther King joins the sanitation workers' cause, but their march turns violent. King vows to return to Memphis in April. Historian Sides follows Ray and King as they crisscross the country, one stalking the other, until the drifter catches up with his prey. Against the backdrop of the resulting nationwide riots and the pathos of King's funeral, Sides gives us a cross-cut narrative of the assassin's flight and the 65-day search that led investigators to Canada, Portugal, and England--a massive manhunt ironically led by Hoover's FBI. Drawing on previously unpublished material, this nonfiction thriller illuminates how history is so often a matter of the petty bringing down the great.--From publisher description.… (mehr)
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There's nothing wrong with [b:Hellhound on His Trail|7624086|Hellhound on His Trail The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin|Hampton Sides|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1320491132l/7624086._SY75_.jpg|10107181]- it's a well-researched work about how James Earl Ray and Martin Luther King Jr. came to Memphis in April 1968 and the hunt for the former after he assassinated the latter. If you're interested in a slice-of-history work, it's a good pick. But I agree with the Civil Rights leaders when they said that they were more concerned with what killed MLK rather than who killed MLK and this book was a little too focused on Ray for my liking. ( )
  eshaundo | Sep 13, 2021 |
I thought this was an excellent portrail of the assassination of Martin Luther King, and the tracking down of his murderer, James Earl Ray. Aside from knowing the names of those two individuals involved, I knew little of the story behind the stalking and shooting of MLK in Memphis, and how Ray was tracked down by the FBI, the Canadian Royal Mounted Police, and Scotland Yard. A surprising aside in the book was the somewhat shameful behavior of Jesse Jackson after the shooting and his bending of the facts for personal gain. The book was filled with details and facts of James Earl Ray's life just before and just after the shooting, showing painstaking research by Mr. Sides. The book reminded me of Swanson's book "Manhunt" which covers the tracking of John Wilkes Booth after the assassination of President Lincoln. ( )
  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
One of the best researched books I have ever read. I will definitely read more by this author. The book reads like a "thriller", and I love the way he tells both sides of the story. From the point of view of Martin Luther King Jr, and from James Earl Ray. One of the best history lessons I have ever had! ( )
  foxandbooks | Aug 19, 2020 |
How ironic that the very systemic and societal issues which led to the dysfunction of the Ray family were the same issues that Dr. King was addressing: through the Poor People's March. How ironic and how sad that economic issues have been so obfuscated and confounded with invented racial issues that the very people who should be cooperating to end oppression for all, instead compete, even become violent, perpetuating the cycle. Dr. King, as the author points out, was working to help families exactly like the poor family of the man who killed him. Talk about voting against your own interests, and with a gun, no less. Dr. King's call for a Basic Income, housing for all, and a revamping of our economic system would have and still will benefit every last person on earth: the poor, by bringing up the floor of poverty to a living consistent with human dignity, and the rich by preventing another inevitable turning of the tables so often seen in history, from the Helot Rebellion to the storming of the Bastille. This book is nearly a novel, written in a shifting third person style that is highly engaging, while also using just enough omniscient narrative reminders of the evidence and sources to remind the reader that this is, in fact, real. And still relevant. Please read this book, and then read the Commission report, and then, write your reps!

(Note added March 10th, 12019: An excellent companion book to this one is Separate and Unequal, by Steven M. Gillon: Separate and Unequal: The Kerner Commission and the Unraveling of American Liberalism, [b:Separate and Unequal: The Kerner Commission and the Unraveling of American Liberalism|35604797|Separate and Unequal The Kerner Commission and the Unraveling of American Liberalism|Steven M. Gillon|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1516000230s/35604797.jpg|57042386] which I am reading now...)

Let's #EndPoverty & #EndMoneyBail by improving these four parts of our good #PublicDomainInfrastructure 4: (1. #libraries, 2. #ProBono legal aid and Education, 3. #UniversalHealthCare , and 4. good #publictransport )Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting for ALL!!!!, Walk !

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February, 12019 HE ( )
  FourFreedoms | May 17, 2019 |
How ironic that the very systemic and societal issues which led to the dysfunction of the Ray family were the same issues that Dr. King was addressing: through the Poor People's March. How ironic and how sad that economic issues have been so obfuscated and confounded with invented racial issues that the very people who should be cooperating to end oppression for all, instead compete, even become violent, perpetuating the cycle. Dr. King, as the author points out, was working to help families exactly like the poor family of the man who killed him. Talk about voting against your own interests, and with a gun, no less. Dr. King's call for a Basic Income, housing for all, and a revamping of our economic system would have and still will benefit every last person on earth: the poor, by bringing up the floor of poverty to a living consistent with human dignity, and the rich by preventing another inevitable turning of the tables so often seen in history, from the Helot Rebellion to the storming of the Bastille. This book is nearly a novel, written in a shifting third person style that is highly engaging, while also using just enough omniscient narrative reminders of the evidence and sources to remind the reader that this is, in fact, real. And still relevant. Please read this book, and then read the Commission report, and then, write your reps!
Let's #EndPoverty & #EndMoneyBail by improving these four parts of our good #PublicDomainInfrastructure 4: (1. #libraries, 2. #ProBono legal aid and Education, 3. #UniversalHealthCare , and 4. good #publictransport )Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting for ALL!!!!, Walk !

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ShiraDest

February, 12019 HE


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  ShiraDest | Mar 6, 2019 |
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Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives.- Martin Luther King Jr. (1967)
And the days keep on worrying me There's a hellhound on my trail.- Robert Johnson (1937)
Book One: When I took up the cross I recognized its meaning...The cross is something that you bear and ultimately you die on. ~Martin Luther King, Jr. (1967)
Book Two: For murder, though it hath no tongue, will speak with miraculous organ. Shakespeare, Hamlet
Book Three: Thy chase had a beast in view; Thy wars brought nothing about; Thy lovers were all untrue. `Tis well an old age is out, And time to begin a new. ~John Dryden, "The Secular Mosque"
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(Prologue) The prison bakers sweated in the glare of the ovens, making bread for the hungry men of the honor farm.
In early May 1967, three hundred miles downstream from St. Louis, the citizens of Memphis stood along the cobblestoned banks, enjoying the musky coolness of the river.
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April, 1967: a prison escape. James Earl Ray, nondescript thief and con man, drifts through the South, into Mexico, and then Los Angeles, where he is galvanized by George Wallace's racist presidential campaign. February, 1968: a Memphis garbage strike. Martin Luther King joins the sanitation workers' cause, but their march turns violent. King vows to return to Memphis in April. Historian Sides follows Ray and King as they crisscross the country, one stalking the other, until the drifter catches up with his prey. Against the backdrop of the resulting nationwide riots and the pathos of King's funeral, Sides gives us a cross-cut narrative of the assassin's flight and the 65-day search that led investigators to Canada, Portugal, and England--a massive manhunt ironically led by Hoover's FBI. Drawing on previously unpublished material, this nonfiction thriller illuminates how history is so often a matter of the petty bringing down the great.--From publisher description.

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