Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years 1963-65 #2020

Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years 1963-65 By Taylor Branch Pillar of Fire America in the King Years From Pulitzer Prize winning author Taylor Branch the second part of his epic trilogy on the American Civil Rights Movement In the second volume of his three part history a monumental trilogy that be
  • Title: Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years 1963-65
  • Author: Taylor Branch
  • ISBN: 9780684848099
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years 1963-65 By Taylor Branch From Pulitzer Prize winning author Taylor Branch, the second part of his epic trilogy on the American Civil Rights Movement.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, recountinFrom Pulitzer Prize winning author Taylor Branch, the second part of his epic trilogy on the American Civil Rights Movement.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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    1. Taylor Branch

      Taylor Branch is an American author and historian best known for his award winning trilogy of books chronicling the life of Martin Luther King, Jr and some of the history of the American civil rights movement The third and final volume of the 2,912 page trilogy collectively called America in the King Years was released in January 2006 Branch lives in Balti, Maryland, with his wife, Christina Macy, and their two children, Macy born 1980 and Franklin b 1983.


    1. This book is the second of three volumes that comprise America in the King Years, a history of the civil rights movement Taylor Branch won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for his work on this project This book covers the history of the civil rights movement between the years of 1964 to 1965 I listened to an audio version which was abridged I usually shun abridged versions, but I don t have time to make it through the unabridged 2,500 pages of the three volumes.Lyndon Johnson successfully encouraged pass [...]

    2. This matches the greatness of the first volume The first one hundred pages recapitulate some of Parting the Waters It is astonishing how Taylor Branch can expertly weave between the high and mighty President Johnson, Martin Luther King and the low and mighty Fannie Lou Hamer, Bob Moses The level of brutality in the Southern States, but particularly Mississippi, is unforgivable Who are these people who beat Civil Rights workers and bombed churches to stop their fellow citizens from voting or regi [...]

    3. This is the second book in the 3 book series and follows what may be my favorite history of all time Parting the Waters I ll admit this book confused me at first because it was repeating events from the first book but not an actual duplicate As a result it jumped around for slightly than the first hundred pages My patience was rewarded When he got to the new part this book covers, it was every bit as remarkable as the first book One of Branch s greatest strengths is letting us know what else is [...]

    4. The second volume of Taylor Branch s towering trilogy about Martin Luther King, Jr and the Civil Rights movement covers so many momentous events, such as the assassinations of John Kennedy and Malcolm X, the Mississippi Freedom Summer, King s Nobel Prize, and America s entry into Vietnam, that it is difficult to believe that it spans a mere two years that also witnessed the exodus of black America from the Republican party to the Democratic.King s commitment to nonviolence in the face of overwhe [...]

    5. This, the second book of Branch s trilogy on the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950 s and 1960 s ramps up the action starting after the assassination of JFK.Though the Montgomery bus boycott was the first civil rights breakthrough and involved Martin Luther King, Jr it was students and their sit ins that broke things open, starting a train of events including the Freedom Rides and a full court press against segregation in the South.King is the center around which the books are built and we follow [...]

    6. Both this and the first volume, Parting the Water are excellent i haven t yet read the third volume Althought MLK is the central figure, it really isn t a biography of King it s a history book.I was born in 1962 and have hazy memories of a few of these events but what an amazing period From this vantage, it s easy to gloss over how horrible things were back then One of the things I like about these volumes is that Branch devotes a lot of time to the lesser known stories and personalities of the [...]

    7. This book is the second volume in a three volume history of the American Civil Rights Movement While Martin Luther King is the focal point around which much of the story is told, in this volume particularly he is less of a motivating actor than many of the others involved in this Movement.Parallel to the Civil Rights Movement, another movement in the African American community was rising, namely the Nation of Islam and its break away member, Malcolm X Malcolm appears in this volume almost as muc [...]

    8. The second volume of Taylor Branch s trilogy on the King years never coheres in the way Parting the Waters does That s primarily because the second part of the story is simply less coherent than the first Branch opens the narrative with the showdown between members of the Nation of Islam and the Los Angeles police, signaling the fact that the center of the story is no longer simply in the South Throughout the book, he spends much time outside the African American Freedom Movement, interspersing [...]

    9. A tremendous book Tells the story of some of the pivotal years of the Civil Rights Movement Critically important for not only understanding our American past, but for understanding our present as well In this text, Branch covers the politics, morality, ethics, and personal stories of race the gigantic courage, passion, and vision, as well as the human foibles of the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement the inner workings, challenges, and palace intrigue of the Nation of Islam and the pressures, [...]

    10. The second volume of the monumental history of America in the King Years This volume covers the period 1963 1965 Robert Kennedy, J Edgar Hoover, LBJ, Malcolm X, along with the civil rights Heros populate these pages in a period of confrontation, conflict and change It is simply incredible how much was changed during these years Of course the segregationist and racists did not disappear entirely They repackaged themselves Still the triumph of civil rights for people of color is amazing So much wa [...]

    11. Leaders inspire, while it takes a village to become a movement Awesome to consider how many people, each with their own unique story, were creating the Civil Rights Movement This book works to capture a broader scope of this time period, including the Bob Moses, Ralph Abernathy s, Fannie Lou Hamer s, etc, impelling me to better appreciate the power of a group of dedicated, centered people working together.

    12. After a long hiatus I ve returned to Taylor Branch s amazing trilogy The extremity of the South s determination to prevent people from having the most basic of rights is mind boggling And the lukewarmness of the response from outside the South is nauseating.I often wonder what I would have done in those times Would I have been brave enough to enter the fray Or would I have merely been intellectually outraged

    13. Read the entire trilogy out of order Although this book focused on MLK and his struggles, was interested to learn about Malcolm X and the struggles for voter registration in Mississipi J Edgar Hoover was a terrible person and this book confirms some of his worst practices Great writing and really brought back this part of the early 1960s into focus.

    14. This is the second, in Branch s 3 part history of the Civil Rights movement, and it should be required reading for all students of U.S History.

    15. This is the second installment of Taylor Branch s trilogy of America in the King Years , encompassing 1963 to 1965 I don t usually pay attention to the hyperbole of book blurbs, but I related to the one listed in this edition, which declares this book, and its companions, as a masterwork comparable to Carl Sandburg s Lincoln or Shelby Foote s Civil War Time will tell how much these Branch volumes endure in defining our collective images of our heroic struggles, but these books are unparalleled i [...]

    16. It took me a month to read this, not because it is long although it is but because I enjoyed spending time with this story and this group of people The first volume, Parting the Waters, ended in 1963 shortly after the assassination of JFK Pillar of Fire thankfully starts with a recap of 1963 and runs until early March of 1965, shortly after the assassination of Malcolm X and with the stage set for Bloody Sunday in Selma.Branch had his work cut out for him in this volume, as the sheer volume of e [...]

    17. 2017 Reading Challenge A book that s been on your TBR list for way too longIn reality, I didn t actually like this book, but I felt I had to give it two stars, because Branch did present a lot of details clearly gleaned from a vast amount of research.This book overall is thoroughly problematic While it seems that Branch believes that he is presenting a detailed accounting of history, he is also like most authors and academics bringing a heavy dose of his own bias His bias happen to manifest arou [...]

    18. Stokes raised both hands toward LAPD officer Weese, who shot him through the heart from about eight feet This sentence depicts the fatal escalation of the April 27, 1962 conflict between the LAPD and members of the Nation of Islam temple no 27 The chaotic sequence of events that led to the killing of Ronald X Stokes started with this outside temple no 27, Monroe X Jones asked Fred X Jingles to inspect some suits in the trunk of his car to help determine of they had resale value Two white police [...]

    19. Volume two of this trilogy of American history during the MLK, JR years is a shining example of what must not be forgotten It s an impressive feat of detailed and nuanced research, not to mention one of best well written accounts of that time period Consequently, I was struck while reading this, how similar the children s marches of 1964 match the ferocity and outcry of the gun reform movement from the high school teenagers out of Parkland, Florida today It is a telling reminder of how powerful [...]

    20. I was looking at re starting this book as a chore but when I picked it up again a week or so ago, I remembered how fascinating it is I spent a lot of my time in Rarotonga reading the first heavy volume in this trilogy, sweating in the sun on the beach I m devouring the second book now, this time sunbathing in my yard.

    21. As part of a trilogy, this book is stunning As an individual volume, it does not quite reach the coherence and majesty of the first book, but is still very, very good.

    22. Another life changing , life affirming volume I cannot recommend this too much Up with the very best books I have ever read.

    23. The second in the civil rights trilogy Very detailed yet absorbing Will be reading the third book in the trilogy soon.

    24. The King Years is Taylor Branch s one volume history of the civil rights movement Good but a pale shadow of his brilliant trilogy The FBI disgraced itself in that era.

    25. Another powerful but disturbing book about the civil rights movement It is astonishing the sacrifices members of the movement made, how they were hounded by the FBI and despite all the successes, the persistence of the Klan and resistance to them The most disturbing part of the books the details about the feud in the Nation of Islam between Elijah Muhammed and Malcom X It s also horrible to see such power struggles up close and how destructive they were to the movement Well worth reading On to p [...]

    26. Not much of a review here More of a celebration with a dash of self critique I m finally done This might be the book it took me the longest to read ever I even posted this on March 1 almost three months ago I really can t get into this book The first section was such a slog, in part because it is cluttered and devoid of the seamlessness of Parting the Waters Or maybe it is a retread Part 2 hasn t been going very well either, and it s not holding my interest I m surprised, considering how much I [...]

    27. A story rich in reporting the chaotic history of the 60 s as it relates to civil rights and the interplay with Vietnam Out of chaos comes some order but not always when it seems that it should.The most significant thing to be seen here is both the deepest baseness of humanity but yet the courage in others to stand up to the worst parts of our nature Maybe this is why this era is so fascinating, the struggle between good and evil Only good doesn t always triumph It wins some and loses some I thin [...]

    28. The second in Taylor Branch s trilogy on the Cicil Rights era,this was an extraordinarily difficult book to read, and I had to stop several times simply because of being sickened by the horror of the Southern white reaction to the Freedom Rides and voter registration efforts of Southern blacks It is also a history of the shameful acts of the FBI under J Edgar Hoover and many of his sycophantic subordinates who lied and schemed, eavesdropped and did their best, to no avail, to discredit Martin Lu [...]

    29. I wanted to give this work 4 stars but I can t My thoughts on the second part of Branch s trilogy require me to look at the book in two parts 1 Part 1 Birmingham Tides along with the Epilogue to which I d assign a grade of C or C , and 2 everything else which easily garners an A Pillar of Fire began in confusing and disjointed fashion with the first chapter Seeing as the first book Parting the Waters focused on 1954 1963 and Pillar of Fire was from 1963 1965, overlap was, obviously, expected Unf [...]

    30. The second in Taylor Branch s authoritative trilogy America In The King Years has a broader scope than Parting The Waters because so much happened in the country from the time of LBJ s swearing in on Air Force One to the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 We learn about the deceit which led to the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and thus to the Vietnam War, the charismatic but troubled Malcolm X and his assassination ordered by the corrupt and immoral Elijah Mohammed, LBJ s masterful shepherding [...]

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