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Publisher Comments:

Juan Williams's timely, compelling, and critically acclaimed book about the civil rights movement is now available in paperback, with a special, extended readers' group guide.

Published in collaboration with the AARP.

58,000 copies sold!

Deeply personal in tone, and powerful in the extreme, My Soul Looks Back in Wonder presents stirring eyewitness accounts from people who played active roles in the civil rights movement over the past 50 years. All the narratives are drawn from AARP's Voices of Civil Rights project, and they present a wide-ranging picture of the struggle.

This new and helpful readers' group guide includes a clear and succinct introduction especially directed to those studying the book; thought-provoking questions for discussion; praise for the author; and a brief author biography.

Juan Williams doesn't merely retell familiar tales about this tumultuous time: he showcases stories of personal transformation that bring a pivotal moment in American history profoundly alive. And it isn't just about the past: the vivid language and intimate experiences that unfold on every page reveal just how much the civil rights revolution remains a vital force today. Every speaker makes clear that the fight for equality must continue now, and into the future.

"David Halberstam provides an excellent overview...the combination of analysis and intimacy with powerful documentary photos makes for gripping narrative. Best of all are the connections with contemporary struggles for equality...Marion Wright Edelman's final impassioned essay speaks for the millions of all races who continue to be 'left behind in our land of plenty.'"--Booklist

"Individual transformation is the organizing theme...The stories seem fresh because events played out differently for each contributor."--Washington Post

Review:

"Part of the Voices of Civil Rights project, a collaboration between AARP and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights to build an oral archive, this book aims (and sometimes strains) to link the African-American struggle for freedom to others in its wake. Among blacks, we hear from Jesse Epps, who helped with the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike; journalist Vernon Jarrett, who covered a 1946 Chicago race riot where a mob tried to kill some black veterans; and Carol Swann, one of two black students to integrate the eighth grade in Richmond, Va. Among whites, we meet Diane McWhorter, who grew up white and upper-class in Birmingham, only to write a searing history of her hometown during the Civil Rights era, and Rachelle Horowitz, who worked closely with Bayard Rustin, organizer of the famed 1963 March on Washington. Less fitting are the stories of Sammy Lee, the first Asian-American to win an Olympic gold medal, who had to endure racism from his own coach, and of Jim Dickinson, a white record producer in Memphis who witnessed the black influence on rock music. While activists for Mexican-American rights and the environment are certainly admirable, here they don't link their work to the Civil Rights movement in the way, for example, a disability rights activist and gay Congressman Barney Frank do. Copious b&w photos evoke the Civil Rights era as well as some interview subjects. While Williams, an author and NPR senior correspondent, gets the authorial credit, he acknowledges that a team of reporters did the interviews. While this is a serviceable introduction, more focused oral histories are more rewarding." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"David Halberstam provides an excellent overview; Williams' brief, clear notes introduce each eyewitness account, and the combination of analysis and intimacy with powerful documentary photos makes for gripping narrative." Booklist

Review:

"David Halberstam provides an excellent overview; Williams's brief, clear notes introduce each eyewitness account; and the combination of analysis and intimacy with powerful documentary photos makes for gripping narrative." Booklist

Synopsis:

One of the most pivotal moments in American history is brought to light through stirring, thought-provoking eyewitness accounts from people who have played active roles in the civil rights movement over the past 50 years.

Synopsis:

From AARP — which has more than 35 million members — comes a major book, written by Juan Williams, about one of the most significant political and human rights movements in modern history. It will be the first of many titles in a brand-new collaboration between Sterling and this far-reaching organization.

Synopsis:

“David Halberstam provides an excellent overview...the combination of analysis and intimacy with powerful documentary photos makes for gripping narrative. Best of all are the connections with contemporary struggles for equality.”—Booklist. “Individual transformation is the organizing theme...The stories seem fresh because events played out differently for each contributor.”—Washington Post.

Synopsis:

"More than 30 people tell personal stories about the nonviolent struggle for civil rights, then and now, not only the leaders but also ordinary citizens who bear witness to “transforming moments” when they suddenly found the courage to try to change things. David Dinkins, New York Citys first black mayor, served with the U.S. Marines in World War II; at home, he had to use the back of the bus. A white woman remembers herself as a child after the Birmingham murders (“My worst fear was that my father might be a member of the Klan”). David Halberstam provides an excellent overview; Williams brief, clear notes introduce each eyewitness account; and the combination of analysis and intimacy with powerful documentary photos makes for gripping narrative. Best of all are the connections with contemporary struggles for equality, including those of immigrants, the poor, and the disabled. Marion Wright Edelmans final impassioned essay speaks for the millions of all races who continue to be “left behind in our land of plenty.”--Booklist

Synopsis:

From AARP——which has more than 35 million members—— comes a major book, written by Juan Williams, about one of the most significant political and human rights movements in modern history. It will be the first of many titles in a brand-new collaboration between Sterling and this far-reaching organization.

Deeply personal in tone, My Soul Looks Back in Wonder presents stirring, thought-provoking, eyewitness accounts from people who played active roles in the civil rights movement over the past 50 years. All the narratives are drawn from AARP’s Voices of Civil Rights project.

Unlike other books that merely retell a familiar tale, this volume showcases stories of personal transformation that bring a pivotal moment in American history vividly alive. It isn’t just about the past; although the terrible age of segregation is covered, the powerful words and intimate experiences that unfold on every page reveal just how much the civil rights revolution remains a vital force today. Every speaker makes clear that the struggle for equality must continue now, and into the future.

The various individuals who offer their unique perspectives come from every age group, and from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds. Taken together, their tales create a fresh, intimate view of history in the making and reveal just how much the battle for civil rights touched the lives of every American in the most profound way.

MARKETING:
• Major national publicity
• Tie-in to national television programing on NBC properties
• Cross-promotion with AARP The Magazine, the largest circulation magazine in the world
• National radio promotion
• Promotion on AARP.org and MSNBC.com

About the Author

Juan Williams is the Senior Correspondent for NPR's Morning Edition and author of the bestselling Eyes on the Prize and the widely acclaimed biography, Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary. He has won an Emmy award for TV documentary writing.

David Halberstam is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, historian, and author of many bestsellers including The Best and the Brightest, Freedom Riders, and The Teammates.

Marian Wright Edelman is the President of the Children's Defense Fund and author of The Measure of Our Success.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781402714153
Subtitle:
Voices of the Civil Rights Experience
Foreword by:
Halberstam, David
Foreword:
Halberstam, David
Author:
Williams, Juan
Author:
Halberstam, David
Afterword:
Edelman, Marian Wright
Afterword by:
Edelman, Marian Wright
Publisher:
Sterling
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
United States - 20th Century/60s
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
Minorities
Subject:
Civil rights workers
Subject:
Racism
Subject:
Discrimination
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Political activists
Subject:
Civil rights movements
Subject:
Social reformers
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Subject:
General History
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1945 to 2000)
Subject:
STUDY NOTES - Quamut
Subject:
FICTION - FICTION TRD PB
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
AARP®
Publication Date:
May 1, 2004
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w illus. throughout
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Part of the Voices of Civil Rights project, a collaboration between AARP and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights to build an oral archive, this book aims (and sometimes strains) to link the African-American struggle for freedom to others in its wake. Among blacks, we hear from Jesse Epps, who helped with the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike; journalist Vernon Jarrett, who covered a 1946 Chicago race riot where a mob tried to kill some black veterans; and Carol Swann, one of two black students to integrate the eighth grade in Richmond, Va. Among whites, we meet Diane McWhorter, who grew up white and upper-class in Birmingham, only to write a searing history of her hometown during the Civil Rights era, and Rachelle Horowitz, who worked closely with Bayard Rustin, organizer of the famed 1963 March on Washington. Less fitting are the stories of Sammy Lee, the first Asian-American to win an Olympic gold medal, who had to endure racism from his own coach, and of Jim Dickinson, a white record producer in Memphis who witnessed the black influence on rock music. While activists for Mexican-American rights and the environment are certainly admirable, here they don't link their work to the Civil Rights movement in the way, for example, a disability rights activist and gay Congressman Barney Frank do. Copious b&w photos evoke the Civil Rights era as well as some interview subjects. While Williams, an author and NPR senior correspondent, gets the authorial credit, he acknowledges that a team of reporters did the interviews. While this is a serviceable introduction, more focused oral histories are more rewarding." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "David Halberstam provides an excellent overview; Williams' brief, clear notes introduce each eyewitness account, and the combination of analysis and intimacy with powerful documentary photos makes for gripping narrative."
"Review" by , "David Halberstam provides an excellent overview; Williams's brief, clear notes introduce each eyewitness account; and the combination of analysis and intimacy with powerful documentary photos makes for gripping narrative."
"Synopsis" by , One of the most pivotal moments in American history is brought to light through stirring, thought-provoking eyewitness accounts from people who have played active roles in the civil rights movement over the past 50 years.
"Synopsis" by , From AARP — which has more than 35 million members — comes a major book, written by Juan Williams, about one of the most significant political and human rights movements in modern history. It will be the first of many titles in a brand-new collaboration between Sterling and this far-reaching organization.
"Synopsis" by ,
“David Halberstam provides an excellent overview...the combination of analysis and intimacy with powerful documentary photos makes for gripping narrative. Best of all are the connections with contemporary struggles for equality.”—Booklist. “Individual transformation is the organizing theme...The stories seem fresh because events played out differently for each contributor.”—Washington Post.

"Synopsis" by ,
"More than 30 people tell personal stories about the nonviolent struggle for civil rights, then and now, not only the leaders but also ordinary citizens who bear witness to “transforming moments” when they suddenly found the courage to try to change things. David Dinkins, New York Citys first black mayor, served with the U.S. Marines in World War II; at home, he had to use the back of the bus. A white woman remembers herself as a child after the Birmingham murders (“My worst fear was that my father might be a member of the Klan”). David Halberstam provides an excellent overview; Williams brief, clear notes introduce each eyewitness account; and the combination of analysis and intimacy with powerful documentary photos makes for gripping narrative. Best of all are the connections with contemporary struggles for equality, including those of immigrants, the poor, and the disabled. Marion Wright Edelmans final impassioned essay speaks for the millions of all races who continue to be “left behind in our land of plenty.”--Booklist

"Synopsis" by ,
From AARP——which has more than 35 million members—— comes a major book, written by Juan Williams, about one of the most significant political and human rights movements in modern history. It will be the first of many titles in a brand-new collaboration between Sterling and this far-reaching organization.

Deeply personal in tone, My Soul Looks Back in Wonder presents stirring, thought-provoking, eyewitness accounts from people who played active roles in the civil rights movement over the past 50 years. All the narratives are drawn from AARP’s Voices of Civil Rights project.

Unlike other books that merely retell a familiar tale, this volume showcases stories of personal transformation that bring a pivotal moment in American history vividly alive. It isn’t just about the past; although the terrible age of segregation is covered, the powerful words and intimate experiences that unfold on every page reveal just how much the civil rights revolution remains a vital force today. Every speaker makes clear that the struggle for equality must continue now, and into the future.

The various individuals who offer their unique perspectives come from every age group, and from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds. Taken together, their tales create a fresh, intimate view of history in the making and reveal just how much the battle for civil rights touched the lives of every American in the most profound way.

MARKETING:
• Major national publicity
• Tie-in to national television programing on NBC properties
• Cross-promotion with AARP The Magazine, the largest circulation magazine in the world
• National radio promotion
• Promotion on AARP.org and MSNBC.com
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