Pillar of Fire
Pillar of Fire
America in the King Years 1963-65
Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9780684848099, 768pp.
Publication Date: January 20, 1999
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.
The New York Times
By the time you have finished [Pillar of Fire], you feel almost as if you have relieved the era, not just read about it.
The Boston Globe
This is jet-propelled history.
The Washington Post
Politics and personalities, ambition and imagination, triumph and tragedy.
David M. Shribman
The Wall Street Journal
One part biography, one part history, one part elegy...a vast panorama...powerful.
Pillar of Fire is a magisterial history of one of the most tumultuous periods in postwar America. Branch's storytelling is strong, his storytelling colorful. Reading Branch, it is easier to see why even the most remarkable revolutions are never complete.
The New York Times Book Review
As he did in Parting the Waters, Branch brings to these events both a passion for their detail and a recognition of their larger historical significance.
Magnificent...the birth of a masterwork akin to Carl Sandburg's Lincoln or Shelby Foote's Civil War.
The Baltimore Sun
Branch has an uncanny ability to penetrate the most obscure nooks and crannies of the past to provide a whole new perpective on the Sixties...
St. Petersburg Times
Pillar of Fire, a history of symbiosis and epiphany, records King's vision and the disparate moral currents that forced America to redefine itslef in light of its failures to live up to its own principles of freedom.
Detroit Free Press
The strength of Pillar of Fire lies in Branch's unsurpassed ability to bring the reader into the moment, enabling one to almost feel the tension of the times.