Rosa Parks: A Life

Rosa Parks: A Life

by Douglas G. Brinkley
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Rosa Parks: A Life by Douglas G. Brinkley

Fifty years after she made history by refusing to give up her seat on a bus, Rosa Parks at last gets the major biography she deserves. The eminent historian Douglas Brinkley follows this thoughtful and devout woman from her childhood in Jim Crow Alabama through her early involvement in the NAACP to her epochal moment of courage and her afterlife as a beloved (and resented) icon of the civil rights movement. Well researched and written with sympathy and keen insight, the result is a moving, revelatory portrait of an American heroine and her tumultuous times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143036005
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/25/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 303,654
Product dimensions: 4.96(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 Years

About the Author

Douglas Brinkley is Distinguished Professor of History and director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies at the University of New Orleans. His books include Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War and The Unfinished Presidency: Jimmy Carter’s Journey Beyond the White House

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a high school sophomore and I chose this book for my research project. One of my reasons I chose this book was because Rosa Parks in my eyes was one of the most amazing people I have ever learned about. This just made me want to learn more and more about her and the way she lived life. She made me look at things differently and from a different perspective. I believe that Rosa Parks did the correct thing, in standing up for all those colored people and not just that but also being able to outlaw segregation on the buses; that to me was just extraordinary. Additionally, To me Rosa Parks is a hero and not only because of what she did during the Montgomery Bus Boycott which lasted around 381 days, but because of her character! I personally think that is what stood out to me the most about her. The way she was and the way she got things done, and because of that not only myself but many other people acknowledge who she was and what she did for our world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a high school sophomore and I chose to read this book for my research project.In my opinion, Rosa Parks by Douglas Brinkley was a phenomenal book. Brinkley did a well job in not boring us with facts about her life, but intriguing us with her courageous life story. It showed innocence of young Rosa, dealing with everyday struggles from her dad leaving home to living in an area where the Ku Klux Klan would murder innocent African Americans. It also described her courage in standing up for what she believed in. Brinkley didn’t only write about the events that happened the day Rosa rejected to give up her seat, but he also wrote about that importance that the event caused in Rosa’s life. Overall, I recommend this book to anyone that is interested in learning about Rosa Parks or the Civil Rights Movement. It impacted my perspective on how I view the world because at the end of the day everyone is equal, and I am glad that Rosa Parks demonstrated that in her act of courageousness. 
JCAM1 More than 1 year ago
I am a high school sophomore and I chose to read this book for my research project. I felt intrigued to read this book because I learned  about Rosa Park in elementary but I wanted to know more about her. The facts it gave about her where so interesting and it made  me want to read more. Although some parts where over detailed and I felt that it should of just gotten to the point. If some of the parts  would of gotten to the point I would of loved it. Her courageous life did not start in her adult years it all started in her baby years. Also  her impact with the civil rights movement made it better.  You have to suffer before you can get to the top. She suffered a lot because of her skin color but that didn't stop her. She was proud of her race and didn't doubt her self.One single life made a big difference and  she is a true hero. This book inspired me to make a difference also, it can be big or small. Anything just to make the world a better place.   I am glad to have read this book and other people should read it also. You learn so many new things about her. And it goes in depth  about segregation and how she over came it. She never gave up, even in her toughest obsticals. For example, people treated her as a full blooded negro but she was half white. Nothing came in her way.  
bobbyrobert More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable and indepth book about her courage in her time element of equality.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I choose this book for a history book report. I enjoyed this book because of the facts it contained. The book had facts I've never heard of and so much detail about Rosa Parks life. This book many interesting facts. Parks went through a lot but still stood up for her rights.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Written with an eloquence and grace more often associated with poets than with academic historians, Douglas Brinkley's biography of Rosa Parks (part of the highly-touted Viking 'Penguin Lives' Series) is a moving portrait of an iconic American figure. 'Rosa Parks' relates not only the climactic moment of Ms. Parks' courageous refusal to relinquish her seat on a segregated bus one winter day in Montgomery Alabama, which triggered one of the seminal events of the Civil Rights Movement, it also weaves together a compelling narrative of one woman's path from the struggles of her youth in Tuskegee, Alabama to her post-boycott experiences in Montgomery and Detroit. Brinkley's research for the book is remarkable. He obtained rare interviews with Ms. Parks herself, and presents illuminating new details about her life and the Civil Rights Movement of which she was a part. Brinkley's depiction of Ms. Parks' encounter with Nelson Mandela alone will move even the most jaded of readers. Intended for lay readers while invaluable for scholars, Brinkley's exquisite literary craftsmanship has resulted in a work that will stand as a classic, not only in the fields of African-American and women's history, but among the great works of American history and biography as a whole.