Nine Days: The Race To Save Martin Luther King Jr.’s Life and Win the 1960 Election

Tantor Audio. 2021. 368p. 9:42 hrs. ISBN 9781705268339. $29.99. HIST
Of the many famous events in the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the nine days discussed here are likely some of the most momentous ones. The talented father and son author duo behind Nine Days do an excellent job of weaving this history into a compelling narrative that almost reads like fiction. They paint a vivid and disturbing picture of life for Black Americans in the deep South in the early 1960s. The nine days in question begin with a lunch counter protest at an Atlanta department store, and are compounded by Dr. King’s previous arrest for driving with an out-of-state driver’s license. The danger to Dr. King was so great that John F. Kennedy was asked to intervene, late in the closely contested 1960 presidential election. Bill Andrew Quinn delivers a compelling narration for the audiobook. The narrative’s pace is just right, and is certain to hold listeners’ interest throughout the volume.
VERDICT Strongly recommended for all public libraries.
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