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Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation Hardcover – January 4, 2011
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"Rare and invaluable insider's insight into not only the happenings of the day but also the people involved... careful with even the smallest morsel of detail." -- The Irish Examiner
"Best book I've read on the King years. An extraordinary insider's account of one of the seminal moments in American history. What you think you know about the Dream speech is wrong until you've read this book." --Matt Bennett, Executive Director of Third Way
“A revealing insider's account of how King improvised parts of his 'I Have a Dream' speech at 1963's March on Washington.” ―USA TODAY
“Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. changed the course of American history by challenging – and inspiring – the country to confront injustice and live up to our founding ideals. The words he spoke at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963 will forever be immortalized for their beauty and power, and they will forever echo in the soul of American life. Jones and Connelly capture the fascinating story behind this historic moment, shedding new light on a speech that ushered in a new dawn for the nation.” ―Mayor Michael Bloomberg
“The author provides numerous intriguing insider insights about life on the road with King. . . . Essential reading about a moment of surpassing political and moral importance.” ―Kirkus [starred review]
“The words of Dr. King live on as a gift to our country. As someone who stood beside him during those years, Clarence B Jones puts them in context and brings the stories around them to life. He and Stuart Connelly take us inside the greatest moments of the American civil rights movement and behind the scenes of a speech that awakened our collective conscience” ―Soledad O'Brien
“America would be a very different place if it weren't for the hard work of men like Clarence Jones. Different -- and vastly less just. Behind the Dream takes us behind the scenes of Dr. King's historic ‘I Have a Dream' speech, which Jones helped write. It's a story that is as remarkable as it is inspiring.” ―Arianna Huffington
“The words 'I Have a Dream' are as applicable today as they were all those years ago. Behind The Dream provides a beautiful glimpse at the origins of an enduring work. Clarence B. Jones illuminates the history in a way no one else could. To learn the story of the speech's creation from the man who was there is to appreciate Martin's genius all the more.” ―Betty Williams,Nobel Peace Laureate, President and Founder, World Centers of Compassion for Children International.
“What elevates this book above most scholarly tomes is its rare and invaluable insider's insight into not only the happenings of the day but also the people involved.” ―Irish Examiner
“The book is wonderful, and rewarding for students of public speaking as well as of the civil rights era. Jones is particularly skilled at giving us the contingent nature of events as the happen, and that is a great gift to anyone who wants to understand where we've really come from. Highly recommended.” ―Nick Morgan, Forbes.com
About the Author
Stuart Connelly is an author and filmmaker. He is a recent National Educational Press Association Award winner and is a featured writer for The Huffington Post. He divides his time between rural Pennsylvania and New York City.
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Top Customer Reviews
I believe many of us can articulate what transpired that day if not from memory, from history lessons and books. However, only a select few, those in King's inner circle, like Jones, can truly provide that rare glimpse into what transpired in the days leading up to, during and after the March on Washington.
In Behind the Dream we learn of the secluded haven procured for King to allow him to focus and prepare for the March, the collaborative efforts (of sorts) in creating the I Have a Dream speech, the influence of A. Philip Randolph, the last minute copyright efforts and much more.
The book's title couldn't be more apropos.
Why did he wait so very long with these never known and only now told revelations? No serious seat of learning's library worldwide should be without this rewarding and enjoyable work. Thank you Professor and Bravo!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent historical document... Purchased two additional copies for my son and daughter as a reminder that If we don't learn from our past , we are doomed to repeat it.Published 11 months ago by anthony Taylor
Absolutely a must read. Written in a clear and understated style that powerfully allows the story to tell itself. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Richard F. Callahan
Very interesting; good review of what happened behind the scene.Published 17 months ago by Sharrilyn
Dr. Clarence B. Jones was the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Junior's lawyer. Shame on him for profiting by telling his secrets.Published 21 months ago by KC
Loved the detailed historical narrative and message of hope. Recommended for history lovers and social justice advocates. Nice nice fighter!Published 22 months ago by Glenn Robinson
This book is an interesting look behind the scenes. It is good to be reminded that even within a movement for social justice, there are forces negotiating on tactics and ideology,... Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by wof
As an older black American, it gave me pause for the March on Washington, which I attended. Also, I want to share all with my 10 grand children.Published on December 4, 2013 by CATHERINE l. WATERS
Fascinating behind the scenes look at not only the preparations required for this historic event and famous speech but also the many challenges the organizers faced. Read morePublished on October 10, 2013 by Brian Mchenry