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Martin Luther King Jr. Books: The 8 Most Influential Titles About Christian Pastor

By    |   Thursday, 28 May 2015 12:59 PM

There are numerous books about Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights leader who changed the United States forever.

The following are eight of the most influential titles about the Christian pastor:

1. The Taylor Branch Trilogy

Topping the list is a Pulitzer-prize winning trilogy of books by Taylor Branch. The three books are "Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963," "Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years 1963-65," and "At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years 1965-68."

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These three books, published by Simon & Schuster, are the definitive works on the life of King, Jr. and the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

2. "Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Leadership Conference"

Another Pulitzer Prize winning book about Martin Luther King, Jr. is "Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Leadership Conference" (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) by David Garrow.

Based on more than 700 recorded conversations, including interviews with all of his closest surviving associates, this book provides a warts-and-all portrait of King, Jr.

3. "Let the Trumpet Sound"

"Let the Trumpet Sound" (Harper Collins) by Stephen Oats is an acclaimed retelling of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life. It won both the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Award and the Christopher Award.

4. "The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr."

"The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr." by Martin Luther King Jr. and Clayborne Carson (Grand Central Publishing) comes as close to a true autobiography of the civil rights leader as there is.

Using Stanford University's voluminous collection of archival material, including previously unpublished writings, interviews, recordings, and correspondence, King scholar Carson has constructed a first-person account of King's life.

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5. "Hellhound On His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the International Manhunt for His Assassin"

"Hellhound On His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the International Manhunt for His Assassin" (Doubleday) by Hampton Sides details not only the last weeks of the life of King's life and his assassination, but the manhunt for James Earl Ray that followed.

6. “A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr.”

“A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr.” (Holiday House) was written by David Adler and illustrated by Robert Casilla. It provides a short, illustrated, biography of the Baptist minister and civil rights leader. It's not the most in-depth book about King, Jr. but is influential in presenting his life story to children.

7. "Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story"

"Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story" (Harper Collins) by Martin Luther King, Jr. offers King's account of the first successful large-scale application of nonviolence resistance in the U.S. It describes racial conditions in Montgomery before, during, and after the bus boycott.

8. "MLK: A Celebration in Word and Image"

"MLK: A Celebration in Word and Image" (Beacon Press) is a collection of black-and-white photographs combined with quotations by King, Jr.

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