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Encore Booknotes: "Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years 1963-65"

Taylor Branch

About the Program

In this Encore Booknotes from 1998, author and historian Taylor Branch discusses "Pillar of Fire," the second volume of his "America in the King Years" trilogy. "Pillar of Fire" is a narrative history of the Civil Rights era, covering the years 1963 to 1965. The book is centered on Martin Luther King, Jr. and his struggle to hold the nonviolent movement together. Mr. Branch conducted fifteen years of research involving archival investigation, nearly two thousand interviews and primary sources including FBI wiretaps and White House telephone recordings.

About the Authors

Taylor Branch

Taylor Branch

Taylor Branch is the author of "Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63," and "The Empire Blues." "Parting the Waters" is the winner of the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for history. Mr. Branch is co-author of "Labyrinth," "Second Wind," and "Blowing the Whistle."


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Encore Booknotes: "Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years 1963-65"

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