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From Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch, the second part of his epic trilogy on Martin Luther King, Jr. and 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. 

Beginning with the Nation of Islam and conflict over racial separatism, Pillar of Fire takes the listener to Mississippi and Alabama: Birmingham, the murder of Medgar Evers, the "March on Washington," the Civil Rights Act, and voter registration drives. In 1964, King is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. 

Branch's magnificent trilogy makes clear why the Civil Rights Movement, and indeed King's leadership, are among the nation's enduring achievements. In bringing these decades alive, preserving the integrity of those who marched and died, Branch gives us a crucial part of our history and heritage. 

©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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Dull book, very little about MLK.

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

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  • Katie
  • 09-10-14

the audio does not match with the book

What disappointed you about Pillar of Fire?

The audio did not match the book, it was completely different

Would you ever listen to anything by Taylor Branch again?

yes

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Did very good.

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I liked the information that it gave but it did not match up to the actual book.

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  • Antwine Hurst
  • 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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  • Richard
  • 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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