The Children

The Children

by David Halberstam
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The Children by David Halberstam

From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Fifties: An “intimate and monumental” account of the people at the core of the civil rights movement (Publishers Weekly).
 The young men and women at the heart of David Halberstam’s brilliant and poignant The Children came together through Reverend James Lawson’s workshops on nonviolence. Idealistic and determined, they showed unwavering bravery during the sit-ins at the Nashville lunch counters and on the Freedom Rides across the South—all chronicled here with Halberstam’s characteristic clarity and insight. The Children exhibits the incredible strength of generations of black Americans, who sacrificed greatly to improve the world for their children. Following Diane Nash, John Lewis, Gloria Johnson, Bernard Lafayette, Marion Barry, Curtis Murphy, James Bevel, and Rodney Powell, among others, The Children is rooted in Halberstam’s coverage of the civil rights movement for Nashville’s Tennessean.

A New York Times Notable Book, this volume garnered extraordinary acclaim for David Halberstam, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Best and the Brightest. Upon its publication, the Philadelphia Inquirer called it “utterly absorbing . . . The civil rights movement already has produced superb works of history, books such as David J. Garrow’s Bearing the Cross and Taylor Branch’s recently published Pillar of Fire. . . . Halberstam adds another with The Children.”
 This ebook features an extended biography of David Halberstam.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781453286135
Publisher: Open Road Media
Publication date: 12/18/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 783
Sales rank: 133,214
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

David Halberstam (1934–2007) was a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and bestselling author. He is best known for both his courageous coverage of the Vietnam War for the New York Times, as well as for his twenty-one nonfiction books—which cover a wide array of topics, from the plight of Detroit and the auto industry to the captivating origins of baseball’s fiercest rivalry. Halberstam wrote for numerous publications throughout his career and, according to journalist George Packer, single-handedly set the standard of “the reporter as fearless truth teller.” Halberstam died in 2007.
David Halberstam (1934–2007) was a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and bestselling author. He is best known for his brazen coverage of the Vietnam War for the New York Times and for his twenty-one nonfiction books, which cover a wide array of topics such as the plight of Detroit and the auto industry, and the incomparable success of Michael Jordan. The recipient of the Mailer Prize for distinguished journalism, Halberstam wrote for numerous publications throughout his career and, according to journalist George Packer, single-handedly set the standard of “the reporter as fearless truth teller.” Halberstam died in 2007. 

Date of Birth:

April 10, 1934

Date of Death:

April 23, 2007

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Place of Death:

San Francisco, California

Education:

B.A., Harvard, 1955

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The Children 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book several years ago and it stays with me. Halberstam's writing is incredible and it pulls you in. It isn't hard to understand how the young and brave college kids changed our world. Thank goodness for the energy and idealism of people in their 20s. Martin Luther King was important to the movement but he was driven into action by these kids. It makes you wonder what the real story is behind other significant changes in our perception and the laws that govern us. My friends and family were quite tired of hearing about the details of the book while I was reading it but I couldn't shut up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Moving account of the Civil Rights Movement. Extraordinarily well-written. Gripping...right from the opening sentence of the prologue.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic review of the Civil Rights movement. The writing is extraordinary, much like Halberstam's writing in The Fifties. The book demonstrates how children can change the world and reminds us of all the good that was done in the Civil Rights and anti-war movements. It is a must read for anybody who wants to understand the timeline from Nashville to Selma and the role played by Dr. King and a cast of thousands.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A unique masterpiece of the civil rights movement and how the children pushed, probed, cajoled, protested, sang, demanded, and in some cases died for what they believed in.....civil rights for all mankind. Mr. Halberstam deftly introduces us to the civil rights movement as it came of age in young college students of the south. We meet up with such personalities as John Lewis, Jim Lawson, Diane Nash, James Bevel, Marion Barry, Bob Moses, and many others. We see through their eyes the battles waged in an effort to bring the civil rights movement to the forefront of American society. We witness first hand the struggle for freedom while also seeing a dark sinister part of America, which includes the government of the United States. Without question, Martin Luther King Jr. would not receive all the praise he receives still today without the groundwork done by 'the children'. The Children is a must read for anyone interested in the civil rights movement. A true classic, spoken elegantly by someone who was there first hand to witness all the trials and tribulations during one of the most important era's in American history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well paced, well-written although a bit wordy or convoluted at times, this story was a lot of fun and Halberstam brings reach person to a full development.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book and great history. Will read over and over again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an exceptionally well-written book by an eye-witness to this portion of American history.  What I really appreciated was knowing 'the rest of the story' of the lives of those who risked so much that others might enjoy the rights already due them according the Constitution of the United States of America.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago