Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Leadership Conference by David J. Garrow

This is the most comprehensive, articulate book I have ever found about Martin Luther King, Jr., the SCLC, and the Civil Rights Movement. Garrow does an amazing job detailing every aspect of the struggles of the Civil Right Movement. Every meeting, every conversation, every thought during these troubled times can be found in this book. You read about joys, trials, triumphs, and tragedies of Martin Luther King, Jr. and beyond.

It is astonishing how much I did not know about Martin Luther King, Jr. His story is so inspiring: an incredible journey from pastor's boy to the most influential leader of the 20th century.