PARTING THE WATERS Author:Taylor Branch 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 ... more »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.« less
Not sure I have the language skills to adequately describe this book. It became a personal journey back through time to relive events - but on a level I had only guessed at previously. This book is full of historical detail and information that I was unaware of before opening the first page. The best part - it's history that reads like a great fictional saga.