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Parting the Waters

America in the King Years 1954-63
Length: 45 hrs and 10 mins
Categories: History, American
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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. 

©2019 Taylor Branch (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Mesmerizing from start to finish

An astonishing an eye opening work of historical writing, Parting the Waters examines the strategy, infighting, politicking and, in some instances, theatrics of major instances in the early days of the Civil Rights Movement. Taylor Branch also illustrates many of the other figures of the movement, depicting fully realized, flawed and complex (and in the case of the Kennedys, reluctant) freedom fighters.

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Excellent

Really wonderful book. Thoughtful, deeply researched. I loved it. Prentice Onayemi is a fabulous reader. I like Janina Edwards but found alternating readers by chapter distracting. I would have preferred just Onayemi as a reader but that is just my personal preference. The book should be read by every American.

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Wow!

This book is a robust, scholarly novel like book on the Civil Rights movement. It was such a delight to read. It added richer layers to figures within the civil rights movement that I have been learning about. Buy, and read or listen to, this book, you will be glad that you did.