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Hellhound on His Trail

The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin
Autor: Hampton Sides
Sprecher: Hampton Sides
Spieldauer: 15 Std. und 9 Min.
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From the acclaimed best-selling author of Ghost Soldiers and Blood and Thunder, a taut, intense narrative about the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the largest manhunt in American history.

On April 23, 1967, Prisoner #416J, an inmate at the notorious Missouri State Penitentiary, escaped in a breadbox. Fashioning himself Eric Galt, this nondescript thief and con man - whose real name was James Earl Ray - drifted through the South, into Mexico, and then Los Angeles, where he was galvanized by George Wallace's racist presidential campaign.

On February 1, 1968, two Memphis garbage men were crushed to death in their hydraulic truck, provoking the exclusively African American workforce to go on strike. Hoping to resuscitate his faltering crusade, King joined the sanitation workers cause, but their march down Beale Street, the historic avenue of the blues, turned violent. Humiliated, King fatefully vowed to return to Memphis in April.

With relentless storytelling drive, Sides follows Galt and King as they crisscross the country, one stalking the other, until the crushing moment at the Lorraine Motel when the drifter catches up with his prey.

Against the backdrop of the resulting nationwide riots and the pathos of Kings funeral, Sides gives us a riveting cross-cut narrative of the assassins flight and the 65-day search that led investigators to Canada, Portugal, and England - a massive manhunt ironically led by J. Edgar Hoover's FBI.

Magnificent in scope, drawing on a wealth of previously unpublished material, this nonfiction thriller illuminates one of the darkest hours in American life - an example of how history is so often a matter of the petty bringing down the great.

©2010 Hampton Sides (P)2010 Random House

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"Sides's storytelling packs a visceral punch, and in Hellhound on His Trail, he crafts an authoritative and riveting account of two intersecting lives that altered the course of American history." (Amazon.com review)

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MLK wird so lebending beschrieben, ich habe fast das Gefühl in gekannt zu haben. Als ich merkte dass er schon in der ersten Hälfte des Buches ermordet wird, habe ich gerätselt was denn dann in weiteren 7 Hörbuch-Stunden kommt. Doch diese zweite Hälfte war ebenso fesselnd, es geht um die Flucht und Verfolgung des Mörders. Diese ist anhand von intensiven Recherchen sehr detailliert nachgezeichnet. Es bleibt spannend bis zum Ende. Sehr empfehlenswert.