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In his meteoric, thirteen-year rise to fame, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led a mass movement for Civil Rights -- with his relentless peaceful, non-violent protests, public demonstrations, and eloquent speeches. But as violent threats cast a dark shadow over Dr. King's life, Swanson hones in on James Earl Ray, a bizarre, racist, prison escapee who tragically ends King's life. As he did in his bestselling Scholastic MG/YA books Chasing LIncoln's Killer and "THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN SHOT ", Swanson transports readers back to one of the most shocking, sad, and terrifying events in American history. With an introduction by Congressman John Lewis, and over 80 photographs, captions, bibliography, various source notes, and index included.
About the Author
James L. Swanson is the Edgar Award-winning author of the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller, MANHUNT: THE 12-DAY CHASE FOR LINCOLN'S KILLER. His other books include CHASING LINCOLN'S KILLER, the best-selling adaption of MANHUNT for young adults. He has held a number of government and think tank posts in Washington, D.C., including at the U.S. Department of Justice.