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Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63 (Paperback)

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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 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.

About the Author

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.

Praise For…

David Levering Lewis

The Philadelphia Inquirer
Endlessly instructive and fascinating, thorough, stupendous. Now the source and standard in its field.

Robert C. Maynard

The Washington Post Book World
In remarkable, meticulous detail, Branch provides us with the most complex and unsentimental version of King and his times yet produced.

Richard John Neuhaus

The Wall Street Journal
A compelling story, masterfully told.

Jim Miller

A masterpiece ... remarkably revealing.... The past, miraculously, seems to spring back to life.

Garry Wills

The New York Review of Books
Already, in this chronicle, there is the material of Iliad after Iliad...There is no time in our history of which we can be more proud.

Robert Wilson

USA Today
Superb history.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780671687427
ISBN-10: 0671687425
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: November 15th, 1989
Pages: 1088
Language: English
Series: America in the King Years