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Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63

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Awards

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

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Hailed as the most masterful story ever told of the American civil rights movement, andlt;Iandgt;Parting the Watersandlt;/Iandgt; is destined to endure for generations. andlt;BRandgt;Moving from the fiery political baptism of Martin Luther King, Jr., to the corridors of Camelot where the Kennedy brothers weighed demands for justice against the deceptions of J. Edgar Hoover, here is a vivid tapestry of America, torn and finally transformed by a revolutionary struggle unequaled since the Civil War. andlt;BRandgt;Taylor Branch provides an unsurpassed portrait of King's rise to greatness and illuminates the stunning courage and private conflict, the deals, maneuvers, betrayals, and rivalries that determined history behind closed doors, at boycotts and sit-ins, on bloody freedom rides, and through siege and murder. andlt;BRandgt;Epic in scope and impact, Branch's chronicle definitively captures one of the nation's most crucial passages.

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"A tour de force of research and synthesis, richer than any extant King biography or civil rights history, this will be the measure of all books to come." Library Journal

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"Already, in this chronicle, there is the material of Iliad after Iliad....There is no time in our history of which we can be more proud." Garry Wills, The New York Review of Books

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"In remarkable, meticulous detail, Branch provides us with the most complex and unsentimental version of Kning and his times yet produced." Robert C. Maynard, The Washington Post Book World

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"Monumental....[A]n overwhelming new perspective." Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times

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"This work is least successful when it attempts to be more than a history of the movement....Mr. Branch's burden — to cover, and bring together the scattered impressions that convey a movement — is awesome enough. Adding to the mix the nuances of the nation's history proved impossible." Eleanor Holmes Norton, The New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Taylor Branch is the bestselling author of Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63 (which won the Pulitzer Prize), Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65, At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-1968; and The Clinton Tapes. Branch is a former staff member of The Washington Monthly, Harper's, and Esquire. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Denise Barnett, February 2, 2009 (view all comments by Denise Barnett)
Growing up in a predominantly white community, I cannot say that I completely understood the Civil Rights movement until I read this book - the 1st in the Taylor Branch trilogy about the Martin Luther King years and civil rights activism. Although I was repulsed with so many of the accounts I read, I was intrigued and amazed by the courage and endurance of the individuals and groups of people who were willing to sacrifice everything for the right to be recognized as equal - something taken, so often, for granted. Yet this occured in our lifetime. An incredible read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780671687427
Author:
Branch, Taylor
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - 20th Century/60s
Subject:
United states
Subject:
African American Studies - History
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
King, martin luther, jr., 1929-1968
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
United States - 20th Century/50s
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Civil rights movements
Subject:
United States History 1953-1961.
Subject:
American history
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Subject:
General History
Subject:
United States Race relations History.
Subject:
Civil rights movements -- United States.
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Subject:
Political
Subject:
martin luther king, civil rights movement, i have a dream, march on washington, montogmery bus boycott rosa parks, birmingham church bombing, assassination martin luther king, mlk day, pillar of fire, at canaan s edge, king years, pulitzer prize, carry me
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Series:
America in the King Years
Series Volume:
no. 6
Publication Date:
November 1989
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32pg insert
Pages:
1088
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in 48.755 oz

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Product details 1088 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9780671687427 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A tour de force of research and synthesis, richer than any extant King biography or civil rights history, this will be the measure of all books to come."
"Review" by , "Already, in this chronicle, there is the material of Iliad after Iliad....There is no time in our history of which we can be more proud."
"Review" by , "In remarkable, meticulous detail, Branch provides us with the most complex and unsentimental version of Kning and his times yet produced."
"Review" by , "Monumental....[A]n overwhelming new perspective."
"Review" by , "This work is least successful when it attempts to be more than a history of the movement....Mr. Branch's burden — to cover, and bring together the scattered impressions that convey a movement — is awesome enough. Adding to the mix the nuances of the nation's history proved impossible."
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