Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin

Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin

On April 23, 1967, Prisoner #416J, an inmate at the notorious Missouri State Penitentiary, escaped in a breadbox. Fashioning himself Eric Galt, this nondescript thief and con man?whose real name was James Earl Ray?drifted through the South, into Mexico, and then Los Angeles, where he was galvanized by George Wallace?s racist presidential campaign. On February 1, 1968, two On April 23, 1967, Prisoner #416J, an inmate at the notorious Missouri State Penitentiary, escaped in a breadbox...

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Title:Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin
Author:Hampton Sides
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Genres:History
ISBN:Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:459 pages pages

Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin Reviews

  • Bookmarks Magazine
    Jun 16, 2010
    While he breaks no new ground, Sides succeeds in bringing these two contradictory men and their troubled era vividly to life. Meticulously researched and compulsively readable, Hellhound "reads like nothing so much as a novel" (Oregonian), and Sides's sharp historical focus, forceful p...
  • MK Brunskill-Cowen
    Feb 27, 2010
    I wish I could give this book 6 stars - it deserves it. This book reads like a psychological thriller where the reader follows the hero and the villain as the move towards their fateful meeting. He captures the time, place and feelings of those involved, and we can feel the tension as ...
  • Mahlon
    Sep 16, 2010
    In Hellhound on his Trail, Hampton Sides chronicles the events leading up to, and the subsequent investigation into the assassination of Martin Luther King Junior, which culminated in the capture of James Earl Ray. Sides highly detailed account is often told from Ray's perspective, whi...
  • Pete daPixie
    Nov 22, 2010
    I was recently introduced to 'Hellhound on his Trail', when the book was featured as the BBC Radio 4 'Book of the week', where excerpts are read over five days. Last week I bumped into the book on the shelves of the local town library. According to Mr Sides, King's killer was a stalk...
  • Lisa B.
    Mar 05, 2017
    I would have been 13 year old when Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. While I remember the story, I do not remember all of the details. This book was a real eye opener as to the events leading up to the assassination and what happened afterwards. What I like about Mr. Sides wr...
  • Mmars
    Mar 07, 2012
    Q: Who is Eric Gault? Stumped? Join the crowd. A: Eric Salvo Gault is the pseudonym of James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King?s assassin. Hampton Sides chooses to use Ray?s pseudonyms as he tells how Ray escaped from prison in Jefferson City, lived on the lam for several mon...
  • Steve
    Nov 03, 2014
    Thinking about this book today ... on MLK's Federal Holiday ... and appreciating the fact that I read it. (It's not new, and Hampton Sides has written plenty of other (really) good stuff, including his latest book, on the Korean War, On Desperate Ground.) There are innumerable books ab...
  • Lawyer
    Nov 20, 2010
    If you haven't read Hampton Sides, you should. The author of "Ghost Soldiers," and "Blood and Thunder," has once more brought history alive with "Hellhound on His Trail." When reading Hampton it is easy to forget you are reading history. His histories read more live a novel. In fact...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    May 26, 2016
    ?We?ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn?t matter with me now. Because I?ve been to the mountaintop. And I don?t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I?m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God...
  • Michael
    Nov 10, 2017
    I was not particularly interested in the character of Martin Luther King?s killer, James Earl Ray, but I trusted Sides to make the story of his crime and manhunt interesting and a means to elucidate the history of this time. I was already batting a 1,000 with three five-star reads am...
  • James Cridland
    Aug 26, 2011
    Spotted in a US airport bookstore, and bought on the Kindle thanks to the barcode-remembering magic of Google Goggles. This is a wonderful, wonderful book. Really fascinating. I ought to preface this by saying that I had no idea of the story of either Martin Luther King or his kille...
  • Jim
    Mar 02, 2012
    What could have been an utterly gripping account of the assassination of Martin Luther King was marred, for me, by an attention to detail that bordered on the lunatic. In this account, Martin Luther King wouldn't vist a shop on the High Street to by some gum, for example. Oh no. That w...
  • Monica
    Jan 28, 2019
    Excellent!! Every time I read a history book about the late 60s it reminds me of how little America has changed in 50 years. This was really a blend of true crime and historical analysis of the last days of Martin Luther King Jr. Sides has accomplished a rather remarkable thing here...
  • Matt
    Apr 09, 2018
    With the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) a few days ago, I felt it appropriate to read Hampton Sides? stellar account of the lead-up to the event and the hunt for the killer. I?d heard much about it and knew that I would be in for something...
  • Hajarath Prasad Abburu
    Feb 20, 2019
    A very authentic looking, very detailed narration of the last few days of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. As the author pointed out in the introduction, this is a non fiction work written with a novelist's tools. This approach works very well for the book, except for the tedious ...
  • Barnabas Piper
    Nov 22, 2017
    Sides does a remarkable job telling a story woven through with detail. The story itself is incredible, almost too much to be believed. And such a tragedy, one of the greatest our country has ever known. One of the best works of popular history writing I've read. ...
  • Jason
    May 11, 2014
    This has to be perhaps the creepiest book I've ever read! Telling the story of assassin James Earl Ray's trek of madness "Hellhound on his Trail" goes deep within and under the surface of one of the most heinous crimes in American History. The story begins a full year before the events...
  • Lady ♥ Belleza
    Jul 05, 2012
    This book opens with the escape from Missouri State Penitentiary ?Jeff City? at Jefferson City of Prisoner #416J on April 23, 1967. Through out the book we follow his travels to Mexico, where he is going by the name Eric Starvo Galt. We follow him as he travels north to California,...
  • Louise
    Dec 06, 2016
    This is a thriller; and it is real. You know the outcomes: first MLK will be shot and then James Earl Ray will be caught. Sides still has you at the edge of your seat. It is not historical fiction, a ?true life novel? or any other liberty-taking genre. It is a well documented histo...
  • Diane Kistner
    Oct 28, 2012
    I was 15 when Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated. My 46-year-old father, dead a month later, was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Soon thereafter Bobby Kennedy was assassinated, and I completely shut down. I missed so much of what was going on during those times because it...
  • Em*Greedy* (Iniya)
    Mar 08, 2019
    Finally finished this... Non fiction is not my cup pf tea, so I took it as a challenge to read this one ... supposedly about the stalking and assasination of Martin Luther King by James Earl ray, this book covers lots of details about the assassin whick kind of felt out of track.... It...
  • Shira
    Feb 20, 2019
    How ironic that the very systemic and societal issues which led to the dysfunction of the Ray family were the same issues that Dr. King was addressing: through the Poor People's March. How ironic and how sad that economic issues have been so obfuscated and confounded with invented raci...
  • Barry Sierer
    Feb 21, 2014
    Hampton Sides tells the story of two men on a collision course, and the time they lived in. A time when racial violence wasn?t just feared, it was expected. James Earl Ray (known usually as Eric Galt) escapes from prison in Missouri and lays low in Mexico. Over time, he attempts d...
  • Mariah Roze
    Feb 16, 2019
    I read this book for the Diversity in All Forms! Book club. I enjoyed the read and learned so much! I suggest this book to everyone. "On April 23, 1967, Prisoner #416J, an inmate at the notorious Missouri State Penitentiary, escaped in a breadbox. Fashioning himself Eric Galt, this...
  • Srividya
    Mar 12, 2019
    ?I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brother hood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injus...
  • Dave
    Aug 20, 2019
    This book is a spellbinder! Most everyone born before about 1957 will remember the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But beyond remembering the name of the assassin, James Earl Ray, hardly anyone will remember the details. Author Hampton Sides has solved that problem with th...
  • Katherine Addison
    Jan 24, 2016
    The thing I particularly admire about this book (beside the fact that it is both well-written and well-researched, proving that the two things can coexist in the same work), is the way that Sides follows so many different paths, both as they twist together toward the assassination and ...
  • Kathleen
    Feb 13, 2019
    James Earl Ray came from a family rich in murderers, rapists, bank robbers and conspiracy theorists. As for Ray, he was a chameleon taking on various identities as needed. Just during the period that the FBI pursued him for King?s murder he assumed the personas of Eric Starvo Gault, ...
  • Simon Robs
    May 09, 2019
    As good as Capote's "In Cold Blood" and/or DeLillo's "Libra" ? or Mailer's "The Executioner's Song" or .. ...
  • Dax
    Dec 15, 2017
    Sides is one of the finest historians working today. While his research is always thorough, it?s his ability to construct an entertaining narrative that separates him from many of his peers. In ?Hellhound on His Trail,? Sides patiently expands the backstory of MLK?s assassin. T...