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Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin - Hampton Sides
Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin
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NATIONAL BESTSELLEREdgar Award NomineeOne of the Best Books of the Year: O, The Oprah Magazine, Time, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, San Francisco ChronicleFrom the acclaimed bestselling author of Ghost Soldiers and Blood and Thunder, a taut, intense... show more
NATIONAL BESTSELLEREdgar Award NomineeOne of the Best Books of the Year: O, The Oprah Magazine, Time, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, San Francisco ChronicleFrom the acclaimed bestselling author of Ghost Soldiers and Blood and Thunder, a taut, intense narrative about the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the largest manhunt in American history. On April 23, 1967, Prisoner #416J, an inmate at the notorious Missouri State Penitentiary, escaped in a breadbox. Fashioning himself Eric Galt, this nondescript thief and con man—whose real name was James Earl Ray—drifted through the South, into Mexico, and then Los Angeles, where he was galvanized by George Wallace’s racist presidential campaign. On February 1, 1968, two Memphis garbage men were crushed to death in their hydraulic truck, provoking the exclusively African American workforce to go on strike. Hoping to resuscitate his faltering crusade, King joined the sanitation workers’ cause, but their march down Beale Street, the historic avenue of the blues, turned violent. Humiliated, King fatefully vowed to return to Memphis in April. With relentless storytelling drive, Sides follows Galt and King as they crisscross the country, one stalking the other, until the crushing moment at the Lorraine Motel when 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 riveting cross-cut narrative of the assassin’s flight and the sixty-five-day search that led investigators to Canada, Portugal, and England—a massive manhunt ironically led by Hoover’s FBI. Magnificent in scope, drawing on a wealth of previously unpublished material, this nonfiction thriller illuminates one of the darkest hours in American life—an example of how history is so often a matter of the petty bringing down the great.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780385523929 (0385523920)
ASIN: 0385523920
Publisher: Doubleday
Pages no: 480
Edition language: English
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Ron Dakron
Ron Dakron rated it
3.0 Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin
Really 3 1/2 - great journalism marred by some of the purplest prose I've read.
AC
AC rated it
The psychological portrait of Ray was fascinating, and the book is written with verve.
Marvin's Bookish Blog
Marvin's Bookish Blog rated it
5.0
This non-stop non-fiction thriller is more exciting than 90% of the crime novels out there. Also a lot of fascinating information about Martin Luther King's last days and his tragic death.
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
3.0
Peter Green Fleetwood Mac "Hellhound On My Trail"blurbification - Hampton Sides' compelling new book sheds fresh light on the assassination of Martin Luther King and the hunt for his killer, James Earl Ray. In today's episode, Ray makes a dramatic escape from Jeff City Penitentiary and assumes the f...
A Book and A Review #2
A Book and A Review #2 rated it
3.0
This was a book I read with my mouth slightly opened and shaking my head. Although I had known history immediately surrounding the assassination of MLK, I didn't know the history following in and around it.
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