Pillar of Fire by Taylor Branch
America in the King Years 1963-65

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In the second volume of his three-part history, a monumental trilogy that began with Parting the Waters, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, Taylor Branch portrays the Civil Rights Movement at its zenith, recounting the climactic struggles as they commanded the national stage.
 

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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.
 
Published January 20, 1999 by Simon & Schuster. 768 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Finally, Branch foreshadows the forces and events that were to stall the movement in the next few years: a Republican Party making inroads in the South during Barry Goldwater's otherwise disastrous campaign, the alienation of white liberals from militant blacks, and the Vietnam War.

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Pillar of Fire, the second work in a trilogy by Branch about King and his time (the first, Parting the Waters, won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1989), brings us back into his world to show us how much we've forgotten: quotidian acts of horror, the tortured heroism of Lyndon Johnson on b...

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Salon

“America in the King Years,” Taylor Branch’s three-volume biography of Martin Luther King Jr., of which the new “Pillar of Fire” is the second installment, declares its ambition and conviction: Ambition to encompass far more than just King’s life, and conviction that King, more than any other fig...

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London Review of Books

Seymour Hersh, who on page 123 of The Dark Side of Camelot has Lyndon Johnson, himself not a man known for marital fidelity, using Kennedy’s sexual vagaries to blackmail his way onto the Democratic ticket in 1960 – and then on page 406 about to be dropped from the 1964 ticket, his blackmail power...

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