Monumental trilogy of the American civil-rights movement
If you’ve never read any of Taylor Branch’s three volume social history of the American civil-rights movement, now might be the time.
Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63, At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68, and Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years 1963-65 are award-winning, exhaustive histories of Martin Luther King Jr. and the momentous battle for civil rights for African-Americans.
The first book, Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63, won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Reviews of Parting the Waters, include:
“Epic in scope, often startling in its judgments and revelations, this gripping narrative mingles biography and history as it moves from the founding in 1867 of the First Baptist Church in Alabama, where King’s movement took hold, to John Kennedy’s assassination.” Publishers Weekly
“A tour de force of research and synthesis, richer than any extant King biography or civil rights history, this will be the measure of all books to come.” Library Journal