Pillar of Fire by Taylor Branch audiobook

Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963–65

By Taylor Branch
Read by Joe Morton and C. C. H. Pounder

Simon & Schuster Audio
6.73 Hours 1
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In Pillar of Fire, the second volume of his America in the King Years trilogy, Taylor Branch portrays the civil rights era at its zenith, picking up where the Pulitzer Prize-winning Parting the Waters left off. It is a monumental chronicle of a movement that stirred from Southern black churches to challenge the national conscience during the Eisenhower and Kennedy years. In this masterly continuation of the narrative, Branch recounts the climactic struggles as they commanded the national and international stage. This audio adaptation of Pillar of Fire covers the upheavals of the years 1963-1965 -- Dallas, Mississippi Freedom Summer, the far-reaching effects of civil rights legislation, the violent reaction to the end of legalized segregation, Vietnam, Selma. And it provides frank, revealing portraits of the major players: LBJ, Malcolm X, Bob Moses, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and others. Participants on all sides stretched themselves and their country to the breaking point over the meaning to simple words: dignity, equal votes, equal souls.

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A New York Times bestseller

A 1998 New York Times Notable Book for Nonfiction

In Pillar of Fire, the second volume of his America in the King Years trilogy, Taylor Branch portrays the civil rights era at its zenith, picking up where the Pulitzer Prize-winning Parting the Waters left off. It is a monumental chronicle of a movement that stirred from Southern black churches to challenge the national conscience during the Eisenhower and Kennedy years. In this masterly continuation of the narrative, Branch recounts the climactic struggles as they commanded the national and international stage.

This audio adaptation of Pillar of Fire covers the upheavals of the years 1963-1965 -- Dallas, Mississippi Freedom Summer, the far-reaching effects of civil rights legislation, the violent reaction to the end of legalized segregation, Vietnam, Selma. And it provides frank, revealing portraits of the major players: LBJ, Malcolm X, Bob Moses, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and others. Participants on all sides stretched themselves and their country to the breaking point over the meaning to simple words: dignity, equal votes, equal souls.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“As he did in Parting the Waters, Branch brings to these events both a passion for their detail and a recognition of their larger historical significance.”  New York Times Book Review
“By the time you have finished [Pillar of Fire], you feel almost as if you have relieved the era, not just read about it.”  New York Times
“One part biography, one part history, one part elegy...a vast panorama...Powerful.”  Wall Street Journal
“Branch has an uncanny ability to penetrate the most obscure nooks and crannies of the past to provide a whole new perpective on the sixties.” Baltimore Sun
“The strength of Pillar of Fire lies in Branch’s unsurpassed ability to bring the reader into the moment, enabling one to almost feel the tension of the times.”  Detroit Free Press
Pillar of Fire, a history of symbiosis and epiphany, records King’s vision and the disparate moral currents that forced America to redefine itself in light of its failures to live up to its own principles of freedom.”  St. Petersburg Times
“Magnificent.” Oregonian
Pillar of Fire is a magisterial history of one of the most tumultuous periods in postwar America. Branch’s storytelling is strong [and] colorful.” Newsweek
“We only think we know this story...Branch’s masterly version [is] fresh and newly impressive, told without cant or cliché.” Library Journal
“In this stirring follow-up to his Pulitzer Prize–winning Parting the Waters, Branch recalls the terror, dissension, and courage of the civil-rights movement at its zenith: the mid-1960s agitation leading to landmark integration and voting-rights legislation. With deft narrative skill, Branch shows how the lives of individuals and the nation as a whole were transformed.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Taylor Branch

Author Bio: Taylor Branch

Taylor Branch is an acclaimed author and public speaker best known for his landmark narrative history of the civil rights era, America in the King Years. The trilogy’s first book, Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63, won the Pulitzer Prize and numerous other awards in 1989. Two successive volumes also gained critical and popular success: Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65 and At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-1968. Decades later, all three books remain in demand. Branch began his career in 1970 as a staff journalist for the Washington MonthlyHarper’s, and, Esquire. He holds honorary doctoral degrees from ten colleges and universities. Other citations include the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 and the National Humanities Medal in 1999.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 6.73
Audience: Adult
Language: English