Thursday, September 30, 2010
The Petty Bringing Down the Great
Title: Hellhound on his Trail
By: Hampton Sides
I am not one to read history for pleasure, but I found reading "Hellhound on his Trail" is like reading a thickly plotted novel. This engrossing tale is all the more interesting because it is based on true events. Hampton Sides shows us the little known, gritty bits about Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassin, following him from his petty criminal beginnings through the international manhunt following the assassination. Along the way there are fascinating portraits of Martin Luther King, Jr., J. Edgar Hoover, and also of our country in the 1960s. The amount of research that Sides did is staggering, and it shows in the detail he provides. What people wore, what they said and how they said it, what they ate, and who they slept with is all woven into this fantastic tale. No matter what you believe happened on April 4, 1968, and who was responsible for it, this account is worth reading.