Parting the Waters
America in the King Years 1954-63
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
© Publishers Weekly
Great book, terrible formatting
Footnotes, references, index are not very useful. Footnotes are each on a separate page - 75 pages worth - all at the very end of the book, with no indication of what they refer to. The index is simply a list of names without any reference to location.
Some words seem to have a hard hyphen which is fixed inappropriately in the middle of the word regardless of font size or if automatic hyphenation is on or off.
I'd give this book 5 stars if it wasn't for the poor formatting.