Book Review: April 4th, 1968 by Michael Eric Dyson

“If we hear again his voice, we just might successfully conquer the death and grief in our own souls and in our nation.”

Michael Eric Dyson, April 4th, 1968

Title: April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Death and How It Changed America
Author: Michael Eric Dyson
Genres: Non-fiction, History
Length: 6 hrs, 25 mins (Audiobook)
Published: March 31st, 2008

My Rating: ★★
Read: 6/5/2022


I was disappointed that this wasn’t more focused on Martin Luther King Jr. I expected there to be talk about the repercussions of his assassination and the Civil Rights movement as a whole but was surprised the parts about MLK just skimmed the surface. I learned a couple of new things about him though not to any great extent. Given the length of the book, I didn’t anticipate this to be a deep account of anything, but there was a lot of content supplied and the brevity made so many things get lost in the jumble. At the same time, there were many repetitive passages. I tried to take it for what it was, but the speculation of the epilogue lost me. I don’t like that kind of narrative in history books. I prefer the facts. 


Definitely a letdown for me, but I got enough out of it that it was worth finishing it.

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