A native of South Carolina, Marshall Frady was a journalist for more than twenty-five years, writing for Newsweek, Life, Harper's, Esquire, The New York Review of Books, The Sunday Times of London, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker. He was a correspondent on Nightline; chief writer and host of ABC News' Closeup, for which he won two Emmys and the duPont-Columbia Award; and the author of six books: Wallace; Across a Darkling Plain: An American's Passage Through the Middle East; Billy Graham: A Parable of American Righteousness; Southerners: A Journalist's Odyssey, which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist; Jesse: The Life and Pilgrimage of Jesse Jackson; and Martin Luther King Jr. (The Penguin Lives Series). He died in 2004.
"Never before has the Jackson gravitas been captured with such brio, honesty, shrewdness and big-heartedness as Frady brings forth in his mesmerizing book." -- The Boston Globe
"Astonishing . . . as subtle and perceptive a portrait as any black writer could have produced of one of the most complex public figures of our times . . . Frady provides such a full-bodied portrait of this awesomely gifted but equally flawed man that it should provoke a repositioning of Jackson's place in history." -- Time
"Frady has delivered a thoroughly researched, at times poetically written profile of a towering public man." -- The Washington Times
"Frady's . . . biography of Jesse Jackson, perhaps our era's most spellbinding political preacher, [is] hugely useful in the way [it lays] out for our inspection the split personality of this nation. Frady is one of the best political biographers of our time." -- Robert Sherrill, Los Angeles Times
"What makes this galvanic, richly variegated, novelistic biography ring so true is that Frady . . . manages to balance society's shortcomings with Jackson's own. . . . Frady's biography comes off as voluble and dynamic as Jackson himself." -- Entertainment Weekly