Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63 (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 16, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 1088 pages
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In volume one of his America in the King Years, Pulitzer Prize winner Taylor Branch gives a masterly account of the American civil rights movement.

Hailed as the most masterful story ever told of the American civil rights movement, Parting the Waters is destined to endure for generations.

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.

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.

Epic in scope and impact, Branch's chronicle definitively captures one of the nation's most crucial passages.
  

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Contents

ROCKEFELLER AND EBENEZER
27
NIEBUHR AND THE POOL TABLES
69
FIRST TROMBONE
105
THE MONTGOMERY BUS BOYCOTT
143
13
193
A TASTE OF THE WORLD
206
THE QUICKENING SHADES OF POLITICS
351
THE KENNEDY TRANSITION
379
THE FIREMANS LAST REPRIEVE
601
THE FALL OF OLE MISS
633
TO BIRMINGHAM
673
19
708
THEMARCH
846
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
923
1
935
15
1036

BAPTISM ON WHEELS
412
THE SUMMER OF FREEDOM RIDES
451
KING IN KANSAS CITY
492
KINGS MACHINE
562

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Taylor Branch is the bestselling author of Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63; 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. He has won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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