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The Autobiography Of Martin Luther King, Jr
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am 5. Mai 2018
Eine sehr außergewöhnliche historische Figur diesen leben tragisch endete. Ein Mensch der Revolution startete ganz ohne Gewalt wie es auch Ghandi damals gegen die britischen Invasoren tat.
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am 14. Juni 2013
Das muss damals ein Leben gewesen sein. Man fühlt richtig mit und kann sich sowas gar nicht vorstellen. Man kann nur größten Respekt von Leuten haben, die sich zu der Zeit gewaltlos ohne finanziellen Absichten dafür bereit gestellt hatten. MLK war dabei natürlich nur die herausragende Persönlichkeit. Solche Leute, wie Malcolm X, Gandhi, MLK usw. fehlen heute leider.
Das Buch ist wirklich empfehlenswert. Schade, dass es wie beim Malcolm X und Gandhi keine Autobiographie von MLK selbst ist.
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am 14. Januar 2015
Die Biografie ist verständlich, als auch wissenschaftlich hochwertig geschrieben und gibt einen guten Einblick in das Leben und Denken von Martin Luther King. Dem Autor gelingt es, nicht nur bloße Fakten zu nennen, sondern darüber hinaus nennt er wichtige Hintergründe, sowie zeitliche Zusammenhänge welche Kings Lebenseinstellungen prägnant darzustellen. Durch in den Kontext eingefügte Briefe oder Reden Kings,bekommt das Leben Kings Lebendigkeit und Aktualität!
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am 25. Juni 2018
This book affords more than one expects. Highly recommendable to be read and if possible to be practised. It is my dream book. I am not tired reading the Autobiography of Martin Luther King, JR.
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am 22. Juli 2012
I wasn't at the beginning if I should buy this book, but I wanted to know more about Mr. King and this Book gave a really good insight how Mr. King was and his path.. Buy it and you won't regret it
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am 24. Februar 2006
Martin Luther King, Jr., is without a doubt one of the most influential and pivotal figures in twentieth-century history. In addition to his work as a Civil Rights leader, his role as a father and pastor, he also was an extensively published writer. However, he never had the chance to write an autobiography in the traditional sense. We as readers in the present day and the future have lost the private details that might have been fleshed out in a proper autobiography, but this skillfully crafted work by Clayborne Carson has given us a religious and political autobiography, revealed in King's almost countless papers (published and unpublished), interviews, letters, sermons and public statements.
Carson, author and editor of many books relating to the Civil Rights struggle, edited a collection of King's speeches entitled 'A Knock at Midnight', and was selected by the King estate to put together this in conjunction with (according to Carson) dozens of staff and student workers forming part of the King Papers Project. Carson used particular methodology consistently in his reconstruction - that of relying primarily on the words of King himself (utilising early drafts of later writings to discern the difference between authorial and editorial intentions) and developing them as if this overall narrative account was constructed near the end of King's life.
King's autobiography begins at the beginning, with is childhood as a preacher's kid (who was himself a preacher's kid, who was himself a preacher's kid, etc.). King said, 'of course I was religious.... I didn't have much choice.' King explains the different strands in his life, that of being both militant and moderate, idealistic and realistic, as beginning here. Here he developed questions ('how could I love a race of people who hated me?') and some answers (he learned that racial injustice was paralleled by economic injustice, and realised that poor white people were exploited also).
King's call to ministry and call to ethical and prophetic witness in the world developed through his schooling at Morehouse College, Crozer Seminary, and Boston University, where he developed interest in theology and social philosophy that would lead him to eventually to his ideas of civil rights activitsm. This would not take practical shape, however, until he was back in the South and working at churches and participating in actual events. He describes his involvement with Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Movement as a mountaintop experience, which also led to an awakening, both in King and in the community, of the power of nonviolent action a la Mahatma Gandhi.
It is almost incomprehensible to read this autobiography and realise that in a span of barely more than a dozen years (Rosa Parks was arrested for her action in December of 1955; King was assassinated in 1968) so much of what we consider to be the central history of the Civil Rights struggle occurred. Within the pages of text, King talks about the struggles of the common people and the dealings with the powerful, from the police in Alabama jurisdictions to dealing with federal government officials and organisations.
In the midst of all of this work, King managed to remain a family man, devoted to his wife and children, and a tireless worker in the church. Carson admits to not being able to develop too much of an interior autobiography in these kinds of sections (as even in King's private papers and writings, too much remains unrecorded), but his life in this regard still comes through many aspects of his writings, sermons and speeches.
This is an incredible book, and should be read as a required part of the education of an American, as it recounts a remarkable and astonishing part of history that continues to shape the direction of the nation to this day.
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am 30. November 1998
My struggle with the book was a result of Carson's choice to write the book in first person, as if MLK's words were his. Bad call. It operated more as a distraction for me than a glimpse into King's mind, forcing me to continually stop and wonder whether this was in fact what King thought or if it was conjecture and educated guessing. I disagree with that apporach wholeheartedly. Carson, whom I understand was commissioned to write this book by the King estate, would have been better off to write a biography using these previously unavailable documents rather than trying to speak for a dead man. And a great one, at that.
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am 6. April 1999
Too many of us associate MLK only with the March on Washington and the "I have a dream" speech, but his life was truly epic -- a complex leader that undertook many missions, all of which were accompanied by personal struggles of faith, family and community. This book steps the reader through his life using his words and speeches as the primary guide. My appreciation for MLK and the civil rights struggle of the 60s was enriched by this reading.
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am 12. November 2004
Für meine Matura (mein Abitur) in Englisch habe ich mich auf Martin Luther King spezialisiert. Im Zuge dessen habe ich natürlich auch die Autobiografie gelesen.
Erst mal sollte man wissen, dass dies keine wirkliche Autobiografie ist. Martin Luther King hat eine solche nie verfasst, plante dies jedoch und schrieb daher immer Notizen. Clayborne Carson hat all diese Notizen zusammengetragen und diese "Autobiografie" verfasst.
Sehr detalliert erzählt der Menschenrechtskämpfer Martin Luther King seine Geschichte und den Kampf für die Freiheit der Schwarzen in Amerika. Während des Lebens bekommt man einen guten Einblick in die Denkweise Kings, seinen Lebensstil und seine Persönlichkeit. Inhaltlich ist dieses Buch also absolut spitze.
Ich lerne nun schon seit 8 Jahren Englisch, lese auch regelmäßig englische Bücher, tat mir beim Lesen aber teilweise recht schwer.
Ich interessiere mich für das Leben und die Arbeit Kings, doch sind sich die "Kämpfe" in den verschiedenen amerikanischen Städten doch sehr ähnlich, und so kommt von Zeit zu Zeit ein wenig Langweile auf.
Im großen und ganzen ist dieses Buch aber absolut empfehlenswert und ein sehr wertvolles Dokument unserer Zeit. Auch verspürt man nach dem Lesen vielleicht Genuss eines der 4 Bücher die Martin Luther King selbst geschrieben hat (Stride Towards Freedom", Strength To Love", "Why We Can't Wait","Where Do We Go From Here?"), zu lesen.
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am 28. Dezember 1998
This book was a bad concept from the start. The presumption of Carson, or the King Estate, or whomever, to create a book cut & paste style is a little distasteful. However, within these pages there are a few precious pieces, due in every way to King himself, not to this book or its creators. Perhaps it may serve as a good introduction to King for those who haven't had much exposure to him. Or better yet, go buy a book he really DID write.
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