Pillar of fire: America in the King years, 1963-65

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Simon & Schuster, Jan 20, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 746 pages
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In "Pillar of Fire," the second volume of his "America in the King Years" trilogy, Taylor Branch portrays the civil rights era at its zenith. The first volume, "Parting the Waters," won the Pulitzer Prize for History. "Pillar of Fire" covers the far-flung upheavals of the years 1963 to 1965 - Dallas, St. Augustine, Mississippi Freedom Summer, LBJ's Great Society and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Vietnam, Selma. And it provides a frank, revealing portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr. - haunted by blackmail, factionalism, and hatred while he tried to hold the nonviolent movement together as a dramatic force in history. Allies, rivals, and opponents addressed racial issues that went deeper than fair treatment at bus stops or lunch counters. Participants on all sides stretched themselves and their country to the breaking point over the meaning of simple words: dignity, equal votes, equal souls. Branch brings to bear fifteen years of research - archival investigation; nearly two thousand interviews; new primary sources, from FBI wiretaps to White House telephone recordings - in a seminal work of history.

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Review: Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years 1963-65 (America in the King Years #2)

User Review  - Dave - Goodreads

What makes people change their minds? On deeply entrenched issues? And why do people hold on to views that are so obviously morally repulsive--such as segregation? These questions are why I'm reading ... Read full review

Review: Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years 1963-65 (America in the King Years #2)

User Review  - Jonathan Menon - Goodreads

Unlike Parting the Waters, the first book of Taylor Branch's trilogy of the Civil Rights movement which covered nine years, from 1954 to 1963, Pillar of Fire wrestles with the enormous expansion of ... Read full review


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Taylor Branch is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.