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Chasing King's Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Assassin Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-03-31 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0545723337
LANGUAGE:English

" An absolutely compelling read. I've never read Swanson before, and had heard that he writes engrossing true crime. Boy, does he. I also thought he handled the social issues really well. An amazing read about a devastating event. " said.

" Every aspect of this book was fascinating and I appreciated the many photos and other visuals along with the very thorough bibliography and suggestions of places to visit. The civil rights museum at the Lorraine Motel is one of the best smaller museums I have been to. " said.

" I just love James L. Swanson's non-fiction books. I do need to try reading "Chasing Kennedy's Killer" again, though, as I just couldn't get into it. I absolutely loved this one and the wealth of information it contained. " said.

" For me as a reader, I didn’t feel like this book provided any new info or insight about MLK Jr. or his assassination, but as a librarian I think this is a good nonfic read for middle schoolers about MLK Jr. It has a lot of background info leading up to his death, but is still has a very narrative and fast-paced feel. " said.

" Great, compelling read for middle grades and high school readers! Heartbreaking and full of information to lead to more research. Swanson does a great job of putting King's assassination in historical perspective and explains a lot of the history leading up to his death. Charts and pictures included as well as extensive notes in the back for more reading. " said.

" James L. Swanson is an author who puts much thought, time, and effort into his books. His research and storytelling ability are a gift to his readers. His enthusiasm for American history is apparent and he handles a delicate time in our history, 1968, with respect and careful consideration. To enhance the teen reader’s opportunity to learn as much as they can on the King assassination, many pictures and other primary sources are included in the book. It is just so well done! " said.

"Excellent and well written. Full of great history concerning Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Contains many things I was not aware of even though many were during "my time". I had never read about the first time when he was stabbed in New York. This book gives a good look at the man, his friends and the times then. This book is written in a time order which makes it easy to read and understand. A great look at a great man coming upon the 50th anniversary of his death. Highly recommend. I won this book in a GoodReads Giveaway. " said.

"I read an ARC of this book, which releases later in 2018. I really enjoyed Swanson's book about JFK, so I was excited to see another book by him. I learned so much about both Dr. King and Mr. Ray that I did not know, even though I taught US History for 10 years. I read aloud some of the parts about the manhunt to my husband, who also did not know a lot of the details. (We were in elementary school when this occurred.) I would recommend this to my high school students as an engaging read that provides an extensive listing of sources and related information. I would like to go to Memphis to tour the museum and learn more!" said.

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