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  • Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America | Wil Haygood

    Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Wil Haygood
    • Narrated By Dominic Hoffman
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    Thurgood Marshall brought down the separate-but-equal doctrine, integrated schools, and not only fought for human rights and human dignity but also made them impossible to deny in the courts and in the streets. In this new biography, award-winning author Wil Haygood surpasses the emotional impact of his inspiring best seller The Butler to detail the life and career of one of the most transformative legal minds of the past 100 years.

    Jean says: "Haygood is master of the ticktock narrative"
  • The Butler: A Witness to History | Wil Haygood

    The Butler: A Witness to History

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Wil Haygood
    • Narrated By Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    When acclaimed Washington Post writer Wil Haygood had an early hunch that Obama would win the 2008 election, he thought he'd highlight the singular moment by exploring the life of someone who had come of age when segregation was so embedded in the culture as to make the very thought of a black president inconceivable. He struck gold when he tracked down Eugene Allen, a butler who had served eight presidents, from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. Forest Whitaker narrates the story of this remarkable man who, while serving tea and supervising buffets, was also a witness to history.

    Cris says: "Not what I was expecting"
  • In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis, Jr. | Wil Haygood

    In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis, Jr.

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Wil Haygood
    • Narrated By Kevin Free
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    This biography of entertainment legend Sammy Davis, Jr. is an enthralling portrait of one of the most recognizable figures from the golden age of American show business. Davis, a guarded man who protected his private life with great vigor, lived an extraordinary life in the limelight, while also forging new uncharted paths across racial lines.

    Nurture Learners and Able Observers says: "Reading this book was a fabulous adventure!"
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