Parting the waters: America in the King years, 1954-63

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Simon and Schuster, 1988 - Biography & Autobiography - 1064 pages
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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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a very detailed and insightful study of the civil rights movement from the bus bocott to the march on washington. shows america at its best, the men and women, that led the battle for rights and ... Read full review

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User Review  - dmarsh451 - LibraryThing

Did not dock a star for the 20 missing pages in the paperback edition I read. Accidents will happen. I enjoyed how smoothly this was written--the thing is huge, so it was a nice bonus while I propped ... Read full review

Contents

VERNON JOHNS
1
ROCKEFELLER AND EBENEZER
27
NIEBUHR AND THE POOL TABLES
69
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About the author (1988)

Taylor Branch is the author of Pillar of Fire. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with his wife, Christina Macy, and their two children, Macy and Franklin.