Hellhound on His Trail The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin

ISBN-10: 0385523920

ISBN-13: 9780385523929

Edition: N/A

Authors: Hampton Sides
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Description: From the acclaimed bestselling author ofGhost SoldiersandBlood 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 Wallacers"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 workersrs" 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 Kingrs"s funeral, Sides gives us a riveting cross-cut narrative of the assassinrs"s flight and the sixty-five-day search that led investigators to Canada, Portugal, and England-a massive manhunt ironically led by Hooverrs"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 Magnificent in scope, drawing on a wealth of previously unpublished material, this nonfiction thriller illuminates one of the darkest hours in American life-an example of how history is so often a matter of the petty bringing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. From the Hardcover edition.

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Book details

List price: $34.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/27/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 480
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Hampton Sides, contributing editor of "Outside" & editor of "The Wild File," is also the author of "Ghost Soldiers". He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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