“[A] remarkable book. . . . We see a collective portrait marked by a combination of fear, good humor, and above all extraordinary courage and commitment in the face of virulent and sometimes violent racism. [An] absolutely inspirational work--one of the most powerful experiences a reader can have.
” (Library Journal
“Breach of Peace
literally gives faces to the faceless and anonymous heroines and heroes who changed America in 1961.” (Julian Bond, Chairman, NAACP
“The interview excerpts bring to life the experience these people shared—not just the rides, the arrests, and the beatings but also, in many cases, the weeks or months they spent in jail afterwards....We learn what they were doing before the rides and what they have done since….[Etheridge’s] solid feel for his subject is evident throughout this marvelous, moving book.” (Hendrik Hertzberg - The New Yorker
About the Author
grew up in Carthage, Mississippi. He is a former editor at Rolling Stone
, The New York Observer
. He lives in New York City.Diane McWhorter
is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama—The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution
and a long-time contributor to the New York Times
is a journalist whose editorials about the issues leading up to President Richard Nixon's resignation won him a Pulitzer Prize; he is also a distinguished professor of history at George Mason University.