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Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63 [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416558682
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 4/16/2007
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 1088
  • Sales rank: 193,985
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Taylor  Branch
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.

Biography

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, and At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-1968.

The author of two other nonfiction books and a novel, Branch is a former staff member of The Washington Monthly, Harper's, and Esquire. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Author biography courtesy of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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Some interesting and inspiring outtakes from our interview with Branch:

"The civil rights movement was my formative inspiration for writing, because I was both stunned and mystified by the courage of black people across town much younger than my non-political self."

"I would like my readers to entertain the core notion that civil rights history is not a quaint tale of yesteryear, but rather our best model for the urgent task of understanding and refining democracy."

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    1. Hometown:
      Baltimore, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 14, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Atlanta, Georgia
    1. Education:
      A.B., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1968; M.P.A., Princeton University, 1970
    2. Website:

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  • Posted January 14, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Its been a few years since I read all three of Branch's books. Having served in Vietnam 1967-68 I was hugely disappointed in LBJ's performance. Branch documents the vanity of LBJ's effort superbly. The loss of US lives were completely unnecessary, in my opinion. I would love to have Branch develop the history recently brought to light by E. Howard Hunt that LBJ was behind the JFK assassination. He had motive (only way he would ever become president), opportunity (he set up the Texas mission), and tools (he had access to CIA operatives, particularly one who hated JFK for seducing his wife.) Wonderfully written almost like a novel. Could hardly put it down.

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  • Posted September 21, 2009

    Good Read

    I am only about half way through this lofty book but it is very good and paints a picture as the plot(history) unfolds. I have recommended it to friends and family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2000

    A Great History

    An excellant history of a time and place. For some (like me), a 900 page book is a daunting commitment to make, but well worth it. I look forward to reading Pillar of Fire (vol. 2 of this work), and vol. 3, whenever it comes out.

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