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Hellhound on his trail : the stalking of Martin Luther King Jr. and the international hunt for his assassin

Author: Hampton Sides
Publisher: New York Doubleday 2010
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Named Person: Martin Luther King, Jr.; James Earl Ray; Martin Luther King, Jr.; James Earl Ray
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hampton Sides
ISBN: 0385523920 9780385523929
OCLC Number: 845625404
Description: XIV, 459 S Ill 25 cm
Contents: #416J --
In the City of Kings --
Who is Eric Galt? --
The hottest man in the country --
#65477.
Responsibility: 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 crosscut narrative of the assassin's flight and the 65day search that led investigators to Canada, Portugal, and Englanda 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 Drawing on previously unpublished material, this nonfiction thriller illuminates how history is so often a matter of the petty bringing down the great.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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