Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Tavis Smiley, David Ritz

Narrated By: David Ritz, Tavis Smiley

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: September 2014

Duration: 6 hours 17 minutes


A revealing and dramatic chronicle of the twelve months leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination

Martin Luther King, Jr. died in one of the most shocking assassinations the world has known, but little is remembered about the life he led in his final year. New York Times bestselling author and award-winning broadcaster Tavis Smiley recounts the final 365 days of King's life, revealing the minister's trials and tribulations -- denunciations by the press, rejection from the president, dismissal by the country's black middle class and militants, assaults on his character, ideology, and political tactics, to name a few -- all of which he had to rise above in order to lead and address the racism, poverty, and militarism that threatened to destroy our democracy.

Smiley's DEATH OF A KING paints a portrait of a leader and visionary in a narrative different from all that have come before. Here is an exceptional glimpse into King's life -- one that adds both nuance and gravitas to his legacy as an American hero.


  • Brian Garramone

    This book reveals M.L.King as a living, breathing man with all the strengths common to great men and all the weaknesses common to great men. This book is worthy to be read and contemplated by every American desirous of glimpsing both his genius and flaws.