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Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation Audible – Unabridged

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Format: Hardcover
I was impressed with this behind-the-scenes look at MLK Jr's famous speech. It's a short-but-sweet, powerful book with some fine writing. Good buy for schools, libraries or any American history buff.
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Clarence B. Jones, attorney and speechwriter for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., shares his memories and thoughts of that historic point in time: the March on Washington and King's `I Have a Dream' speech.

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.
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This very interesting book chronicles the days and weeks leading up to the moment when Martin Luther King gave his "I have a dream" speech. Amazing that it took fifty years for the story behind the speech to get out. Both inspiring and eye opening.
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I just finished the book this weekend. One of the aspects I appreciated is the humbleness with which Clarence Jones describes the events and his role. Clearly, he was part of Dr. King's inner circle and a key contributor, but he does not take credit for the most moving portion of the speech. Instead, he credits Mahalia Jackson for recommending to Dr. King to "share the dream" and Dr. King's genius and unique abilities to deliver the message. Jones' humble, yet realistic approach, lends credibility to other important observations in the book.
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i have a dream is the most important speech ever written by a human being, because in America it said that i will be Somebody, i am somebody and we are all somebody can i get a AMEN! the writers do a great job putting things together and it is very detail must have historical book. it is a must have and read. a great tribute.
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I went from knowing suprisingly little about the March on Washington to feeling like I was right there with a quarter million people. It is amazing to learn of the courage and sacrifices that these civil leaders embodied.
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I highly recommend the book. I had read a review of Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation in The Washington Post that was so compelling I had to pick it up. The writing was lively and engaging from page one - I couldn't put it down! I felt transported to the March on Washington, though I was only 6 at the time, the impressions and details of the events being conveyed with such immediacy... and with revelations about the creation of the great speech that have never been published before. I feel Behind the Dream is a great contribution to the legacy of Rev. Dr. King and his many friends, colleagues, followers (then and now), and the history of those times. I can't wait to read anything else the authors release.
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Starting to read the 'inner sanctum' of events surrounding the making of MLK's historic speech written by first hand witness, Professor Clarence B. Jones, it was impossible to put down.

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!
M. Gibson
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