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 award-winning author of the bestseller Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer. His other books include Chasing Lincoln's Killer, an adaptation of Manhunt for young adults, and his follow-up, "The President Has Been Shot!: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy", which was a finalist for the YALSA-ALA Excellence in Young Adult Nonfiction award. He has held a number of government and think-tank posts in Washington, D.C.
Praise for Chasing King's Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King Jr.'s Assassin * "Page-turning nonfiction that captures the tenor of the times with meticulous research and a trove of photographs. Exhaustive, exemplary backmatter further enhances the text. An important contribution to the understanding of a complex period in United States history that still reverberates today." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review * "….[James L. Swanson's] masterful work, akin to [his] previous success, Chasing Lincoln's Killer... takes on thriller pacing as it portrays, in alternating segments, King's ceaseless work with Ray's escape from prison and eventual plot to assassinate King…. This immersive history reveals, in gripping style, how one individual can impact history." -- Booklist, starred review * "An absorbing chronicle of the lead-up to and aftermath of the assassination of an American leader… Riveting." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review * "Detailed, well-organized, and vividly illustrated…. A top pick for YA history collections." -- School Library Journal, starred review "This new title is a smash hit…. [Swanson's] action-packed pages are captivating…. I would hand this to any reader–from the seasoned to the reluctant. There is something in this book for everyone." -- School Library Connection, highly recommended "A must-purchase for library collections." -- VOYA Praise for "The President Has Been Shot!": The Assasination of John F. Kennedy A YALSA-ALA Excellence in Young Adult Nonfiction Award Finalist "Swanson brings the same immediacy and thrillerlike tension he achieved in Chasing Lincoln’s Killer to this harrowing account of the Kennedy assassination."-- Publishers Weekly "Swanson charms readers with mesmerizing, little-known facts, making readers the experts and inspiring them to become historians and inquirers." -- VOYA Magazine "Reads like a thriller, with intense pacing and an engaging narrative." -- School Library Journal "Archival photographs, explicit diagrams of the assassination scene, source notes, and a bibliography that includes conspiracy-focused literature add further value to this strong addition to Kennedy titles." -- Booklist Praise for Chasing Lincoln's Killer An ALA Best Book for Young Adults Booklist Notable Children's Book Recommended as one of the top children's books about Lincoln by American History Magazine * "This account of Lincoln's assassination and the twelve-day search for his killer reads like a historical thriller."-- Publishers Weekly, starred review * "The rich details and suspense are ever present . . . It is a tale of intrigue and an engrossing mystery." -- School Library Journal, starred review "It's history that reads like a tragic thriller." -- USA Today