An Act of State : The Execution of Martin Luther King

An Act of State : The Execution of Martin Luther King Martin Luther King Jr was the most powerful and eloquent champion of the poor and oppressed in US history and at the height of his fame in the mid-sixties seemed to offer the real possibility of a new and radical beginning for liberal politics in the USA In 1968 he was assassinated; the movement for social and economic change has never recoveredThe conviction of James Earl Ray for his murder has never looked even remotely safe and when William Pepper began to investigate the case it was the start of a twenty-five year campaign for justice At a civil trial in 1999 supported by the King family seventy witnesses under oath set out the details of the conspiracy Pepper had unearthed the jury took just one hour to find that Ray was not responsible for the assassination that a wide-ranging conspiracy existed and that government agents were involvedAn Act of State lays out the extraordinary facts of the King story - of the huge groundswell of optimism engendered by his charismatic radicalism of how plans for his execution were laid at the very heart of government and the military of the disinformation and media cover-ups that followed every attempt to search out the truth As shocking as it is tragic An Act of State remains the most compelling and authoritative account of how King's challenge to the US establishment led inexorably to his murder
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