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King's autobiography tells little about his life

Among the tragic consequences of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination was that he was cut down before he could write his own assessment of his life. Now, 30 years after the murder, his family is attempting to fill the gap with the assistance of Clayborne Carson Jr., a Stanford University professor who edited King's papers. Sadly, The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Warner Books, 400 pages, $25) does not deliver the sort of revealing self-examination that characterizes such powerful memoirs as the Life and Times of Frederick Douglass or The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Instead it reads exactly...

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