Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement

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The award-winning national bestseller, Walking with the Wind, is one of the most important records of the American civil rights movement as told by a true American hero, John Lewis, who Cornel West called a ?national treasure.? An eloquent and gripping first-hand account of the turbulent struggle for civil rights and the willingness and courage to change the course of history.

Forty years ago, a teenaged boy named John Lewis stepped off a cotton farm in Alabama and into the ...

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Overview

The award-winning national bestseller, Walking with the Wind, is one of the most important records of the American civil rights movement as told by a true American hero, John Lewis, who Cornel West called a “national treasure.” An eloquent and gripping first-hand account of the turbulent struggle for civil rights and the willingness and courage to change the course of history.

Forty years ago, a teenaged boy named John Lewis stepped off a cotton farm in Alabama and into the epicenter of the struggle for civil rights in America. The ideals of nonviolence which guided that critical time of American history established him as one of the movement’s most charismatic and courageous leaders.

Lewis’s leadership in the Nashville Movement—a student-led effort to desegregate the city of Nashville using sit-in techniques based on the teachings of Gandhi—established him as one of the movement's defining figures and set the tone for the major civil rights campaigns of the 1960s. During this decade, he was repeatedly a victim of violence and intimidation, but his singular belief in non-violent action, inspired by his mentor, Dr. Martin Luther King, was a defining characteristic of his leadership and vision. In 1986, he ran and won a congressional seat in Georgia, and remains in office to this day.

Walking with the Wind is the story of an American hero. A boy from rural Alabama whose journey led him to Washington, and whose vision and perseverance changed a nation.

Winner of the 1999 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.

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"Publication of Walking with the Wind is a literary event, for sure. This is the definitive account of the civil rights movement. . . . It is impossible to read this inspirational and hideous story of courage and cruelty without being moved. -the Washington Post "John Lewis evokes, with simplicity and passion, how the 1960s transformed the United States. . . . Powerful."-the New York Times Book Review
"For those too young to remember and those too old to forget, for everyone of race, we owe a debt of gratitude to this American hero, and the nameless, frightened (but ultimately fearless) multitudes that walked with him down those rugged roads of history." -Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781476797717
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 2/10/2015
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 139,875
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael D’Orso is the author of sixteen books, which include Oceana, Plundering Paradise, and The Cost of Courage. His work has been featured or reviewed in The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, and other publications.

John Lewis is the US Representative for Georgia’s fifth district, a position he has held since 1987.

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