• Pillar of Fire

  • America in the King Years, 1963-65
  • By: Taylor Branch
  • Narrated by: Joe Morton, C.C.H. Pounder
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 27-04-00
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 (2 ratings)

Summary

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. The first volume, Parting the Waters, won the Pulitzer Prize for history. It is a monumental chronicle of a movement that stirred the Southern black churches to challenge the national conscience during the Eisenhower and Kennedy years. In this masterly continuation, Branch recounts the climatic struggles as they commanded the national and international stage. This audio adaptation of Pillar of Fire covers the upheavals of the years 1963-65 - 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 a frank, revealing portrait of the major players: LBJ, Malcolm X, Bob Moses, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and others. Participants on both sides stretched themselves and their country to the breaking point over the meaning of simple words: dignity, equal votes, equal souls.
Branch brings to bear fifteen years of research in a seminal work of history. Pillar of Fire captures the intensity of the legendary King years, when the movement broke down walls between races, regions, sexes, and religions, and between America and the larger world - an incandescent chapter in America's distinctive quest for freedom.

©1998 Taylor Branch, All Rights Reserved (P)1998 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved, AUDIOWORKS is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By R William Purdy on 31-05-18

Dull book, very little about MLK.<br /><br />

Expected more drama from a Pulitzer Prize winner. Historically accurate, a lot about unknown people.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Antwine Hurst on 05-06-17

powerful

when u listen to these detailed accounts from decades past..u realize we haven't made much ground in this country

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5 out of 5 stars
By Richard on 11-03-15

A moving story that needs to be heard.

I enjoyed this story very much. Much to pass on to my students. They need to know. Looking forward to the third book of the trilogy. joe Morton and CCH Pounder were magnificent readers. Their voices carried the pathos and the triumphs. Amazing!

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