Dangerous Friendship : Stanley Levison, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Kennedy Brothers
By: Kamin, Ben.Material type: BookSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: East Lansing, MI : Michigan State University Press, 2014Description: 1 online resource (269 p.).ISBN: 9781609174163.Subject(s): African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century | Civil rights movements --United States -- History -- 20th century | Communists -- United States -- Biography | Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963 | Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968 | King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 -- Friends and associates | Levison, Stanley D., 1912-1979 | United States -- Politics and government -- 1961-1963Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Dangerous Friendship : Stanley Levison, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Kennedy BrothersDDC classification: 323.0922 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Contents; Chapter One: Cousin Stanley; Chapter Two: A Walk in the Rose Garden; Chapter Three: From Far Rockaway to Montgomery; Chapter Four: The Communist; Chapter Five: In Friendship; Chapter Six: Harry Belafonte, Janet Levison, and a Totally Different "Kennedy"; Chapter Seven: A Stabbing in Harlem; Chapter Eight: Stanley Knew Better; Chapter Nine: Senator Kennedy Is Calling; Chapter Ten: Martin, Stanley, and Clarence; Chapter Eleven: I Am Not Now and Never Have Been a Member of the Communist Party; Chapter Twelve: I Have a Dream Today
Chapter Thirteen: The Same Thing Is Going to Happen to MeChapter Fourteen: Lyndon Johnson, Ping-Pong, and Bobby's Transformation; Chapter Fifteen: Selma, Vietnam, and the Gathering Shadows; Chapter Sixteen: Bobby Prays in Indianapolis; Stanley Weeps in Atlanta; Afterword: Negroes Will Not Return to Passivity; Notes; Sources; Acknowledgments; Index
The product of long-concealed FBI surveillance documents, Dangerous Friendship chronicles a history of Martin Luther King Jr. that the government kept secret from the public for years. The book reveals the story of Stanley Levison, a well-known figure in the Communist Party-USA, who became one of King's closest friends and, effectively, his most trusted adviser. Levison, a Jewish attorney and businessman, became King's pro bono ghostwriter, accountant, fundraiser, and legal adviser. This friendship, however, created many complications for both men. Because of Levison's former ties to the Communist Party, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover launched an obsessive campaign, wiretapping, tracking, and photographing Levison relentlessly. By association, King was labeled as "a Communist and subversive," prompting then-attorney general Robert F. Kennedy to authorize secret surveillance of the civil rights leader. It was this effort that revealed King's sexual philandering and furthered a breakdown of trust between King, Robert F. Kennedy, and eventually President John F. Kennedy. With stunning revelations, this book exposes both the general attitude of the U.S. government toward the privacy rights of American citizens during those difficult years as well as the extent to which King, Levison, and many other freedom workers were hounded by people at the very top of the U.S. security establishment.
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