Kennedy and King by Steven Levingston
The President, the Pastor, and the Battle over Civil Rights

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The author does make a case for the brothers’ naiveté, calling them “novices plunged into a maelstrom far more complicated than they realized at first.” Not surprisingly, King was repeatedly frustrated in his dealings with them. A well-documented narrative that would benefit from more consistent analysis.
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"Kennedy and King is an unqualified masterpiece of historical narrative.... A landmark achievement."---Douglas Brinkley, New York Times bestselling author of Rosa Parks

"By reminding us of these great leaders and their accomplishments, this book will fuel your passion for the new work we still need to do in our society today."---Congressman John Lewis

Kennedy and King traces the emergence of two of the twentieth century's greatest leaders, their powerful impact on each other and on the shape of the civil rights battle between 1960 and 1963. These two men from starkly different worlds profoundly influenced each other's personal development. Kennedy's hesitation on civil rights spurred King to greater acts of courage, and King inspired Kennedy to finally make a moral commitment to equality. As America still grapples with the legacy of slavery and the persistence of discrimination, Kennedy and King is a vital, vivid contribution to the literature of the Civil Rights Movement.
 

About Steven Levingston

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A veteran international journalist who has worked in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Paris, along with assignments in New York, Chicago, and Washington, STEVEN LEVINGSTON is the nonfiction book editor of The Washington Post. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife and two children.
 
Published June 6, 2017 by Hachette Books. 784 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on May 23 2017

The author does make a case for the brothers’ naiveté, calling them “novices plunged into a maelstrom far more complicated than they realized at first.” Not surprisingly, King was repeatedly frustrated in his dealings with them. A well-documented narrative that would benefit from more consistent analysis.

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Reviewed by James Goodman on Jun 29 2017

Levingston’s frame does not fit, but he is too good a writer to get in the way of his history for long. “Kennedy and King” will most likely leave readers thinking that what is needed today is not more leaders, a few men and women shaping our destiny, but more followers.

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