With his own holiday and a road named for him in virtually every city in the United States, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has become an iconic figure. Symbolic of an age and a movement, seen as a prophet, a hero and a hypocrite, worshiped and misunderstood, King gave his life striving to show America what she could be. Yet ironically, although everyone has heard of him, few have read his writings. This is a tragedy because what Martin Luther King, Jr. left for the world is a wealth of knowledge, understanding and spiritual insight. His ability to pierce a subject to its core and expose its real meaning, his extensive education and expansive ideas leave the reader with rich thoughts to ponder and a great desire to return again and again. His speeches, his letters, essays and sermons offer anyone the opportunity to see King better, to see America and its history better and most of all to better know himself.