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When Harlem Nearly Killed King

By Hugh Pearson

Genre: Non-Fiction
Picked by: harts
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Full title: When Harlem Nearly Killed King: The 1958 stabbing of Martin Luther King, Jr.

On September 20, 1958, Martin Luther King, Jr. was stabbed in the chest while attending a book signing in Harlem, New York. While his life hung in the balance, individuals with various motives vied to gain from his appearance in Harlem and the ensuing tragedy. This book explores in detail the events leading to and following King's stabbing, and discusses the players behind the scenes of the incident, including two gubernatorial candidates vying for black voters and the surgeons competing for the credit for saving King's life. A short and informative read for history buffs and civil rights era students.