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At Canaan's Edge America in the King Years, 1965-68 (Paperback)

Author:  Taylor Branch
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0684857138
ISBN-13: 9780684857138
Sku: 203008281
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9H x 6L x 2T
Pages:  1039
Age Range:  NA
A final installment of the Pulitzer Prize-winning authors history of the civil rights movement chronicles Martin Luther Kings final years, covering such topics as the 1965 Selma march for the right to vote, Kings turbulent alliance with Lyndon Johnson, and his protests against the Vietnam war. Reprint. 75,000 first printing. *Author: Branch, Taylor *Subtitle: America in the King Years, 1965-68 *Publication Date: 2007/01/09 *Number of Pages: 1039 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 2.00 *Width: 6.00 *Height: 9.00
In the third and final volume of his monumental biography of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Taylor Branch covers a relatively brief span of time--1965 to 1968--but those turbulent years were filled with great events and great difficulties. King moves north, expanding the scope of his campaign to address issues such as housing, poverty, and peace. He reaffirms his philosophy of nonviolence and starts the Poor People's Campaign. He faces challenges from the Black Power movement and his relationship with President Lyndon Johnson deteriorates over the Vietnam War. Branch forthrightly addresses King's marital infidelities, as well as his friction with colleagues, including Jesse Jackson. His account ends with the 1968 assassination. AT CANAAN'S EDGE is a triumphant conclusion to Taylor Branch's two-decade project of reassessing Dr. King's life and work, and its impact on America. A New York Times Notable Book of the Year for 2006.


"Branch's book...shows us King not as a plaster saint but an intuitive, conflicted and harried human being....Branch conveys in powerful detail the dramatic, chaotic, inspiring and incendiary era...." - Jonathan Alter 01/09/2006

"As a literary work, Branch's biography is masterful." 12/19/2006

"In the determination to omit nothing relevant, AT CANAAN'S EDGE seems to keep the entire era in view at all times--immigration reform, media coverage of civil rights, education, the work of NASA, the Six-Day War, campus unrest, and much else." - David Levering Lewis 01/23/2006

'[AT CANAAN'S EDGE] is a thrilling book, marvelous in both its breadth and its detail. There is drama in every paragraph. Every factual statement is backed up in 200 pages of endnotes. "America in the King Years," Branch's running title for the trilogy, is not a mere conceit, a fancy way of describing a biography. It is not a biography of Dr. King. It is a picture of the country and the times as he intersected with them." - Anthony Lewis 02/05/2006

"With this volume, 'America in the King Years' becomes unsurpassed in the last 50 years of American biography....[AT CANAAN'S GATE] gradually reveals a large-scale vision of democracy as an act of hope thrown down like a gauntlet. If one of the marks of greatness is that a person's stature continues to grow after he is gone, then King is one of the titan's of American history." - Charles Taylor 02/01/2006

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