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Book Review: Martin Luther King - The Peaceful Warrior

I had initially read this book simply because my knowledge on the Civil Rights era has been largely minimal, but with this read, I have been somewhat inspired. What was ironic was that I got this book (unknowingly) on the same day as Black History Month !
So if you're one to celebrate this month, why not pick this book ? (Specially written for newbies!)

Published in 1968, a good book for beginners
Have you ever been curious about who Martin Luther King was but you were too frightened to read the extensive Wikipedia article ? Well, rest assured, this biography has been written for the most novice of novices!

This book is great for teens and young adults; it is around 100 pages (containing a transcript of the famous "I have a Dream" speech !) and the book is generally written for a complete novice (if you're a history buff and you know MLK properly already, then this isn't a book for you. But its a good book to give to kids  ). The book does not expect you to know anything beforehand (other than the discrimination that existed at the time).

The book starts with details of MLK's father's childhood and life and slowly transits to MLK. It is relatively simple to read it (you won't get lost in it) and the illustrations help brighten up the mood. It gives details (though not very deep) of MLK's childhood and education, from his time in "Negro neighborhoods" to being the valedictorian in his graduation class at college, and of his time as a pastor in Alabama during the Bus Boycott. Perhaps the most touching part was the description of his assassination. It shouldn't be a surprise that the book praises MLK countless times.

Overall, a good book for the classic newbie (or anyone wanting to know a basic knowledge of him), not so much for history buffs (but give it to a kid !) I recommend it for 12+

Rating: 3/5


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