Dec. 17 – Jonathan Eig -King: A Life [Advent Calendar]

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King: A Life
Jonathan Eig

Hardback: FSG Books, 2023
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“Eig, a Chicago journalist (and my former colleague at the Wall Street Journal), is the author of six books, including Ali: A Life and Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season. To learn about King, he interviewed more than two hundred people, reviewed tens of thousands of pages of newly released and newly discovered archival documents, and listened to audiotapes that Coretta Scott King recorded as she worked on her first memoir. The result has been heralded as the first definitive biography of King in decades.

Although Eig’s reporting process is admirably thorough, in his writing he keeps scenes moving, always explaining how events shaped King or those close to him. The author briefly explains where he learned his information, then returns to the plot. He never makes his research the center of the story.

King is a significant achievement, a work of history, theology, philosophy, and narrative that speaks to our times, expressing the power of a man and a movement that countered brutality with nonviolence and love.
-Amy Merrick, from our review
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