The King Years and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $26.00
  • Save: $7.28 (28%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 20 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Crisp, attractive copy with no markings to text. Ships directly to you with tracking from Amazon's warehouse - fast, secure and FREE WITH AMAZON PRIME.
Add to Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement Hardcover – Deckle Edge, January 8, 2013


See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover, Deckle Edge
"Please retry"
$18.72
$3.10 $0.01




Frequently Bought Together

The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement + Parting the Waters : America in the King Years 1954-63 + Pillar of Fire : America in the King Years 1963-65
Price for all three: $47.52

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451678975
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451678970
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

In this brief book, Pulitzer Prize–winner Branch draws on his Parting the Waters (1989), Pillar of Fire (1998), and At Canaan’s Edge (2006) to recall the pivotal moments of the civil rights struggle. He focuses on 18 historical turning points, includingMartin Luther King’s first public address, before the Montgomery bus boycott, in 1955; the March on Washington, in 1963; King’s Nobel Peace Prize, in 1964; the expansion of the civil rights movement into an antiwar movement; the expansion of the struggle from the South to the North in the campaign to end segregated housing in Chicago; King’s response to the rising black power movement; the antipoverty crusade, of 1967; and King’s death in Memphis, in 1968. Each turning point is treated in a separate chapter that begins with a brief historical context that links them together. Photographs enhance this sweeping review of the civil rights movement and King’s relationships with several major figures, including J. Edgar Hoover, John and Robert Kennedy, and President Johnson, as the movement broadened its scope from civil rights to human rights. --Vanessa Bush

Review

“Branch is as eloquent and trenchant as ever…the book recalls and revitalizes a history that deserves its details” (The Boston Globe)

On the America in the King Years trilogy: “Right out of the pages of our lives….Compelling portraits placed in the excitement of a period when oppressed and powerless people moving together changed themselves and their country profoundly and permanently.” (The New York Times)

On the America in the King Years trilogy: “In remarkable, meticulous detail, Branch provides us with the most complex and unsentimental version of King and his times yet produced.” (The Wall Street Journal)

On the America in the King Years trilogy: “There will be the inevitable comparisons to Carl Sandburg’s Abraham Lincoln and Shelby Foote’s The Civil War, two other masterworks that use the grand sweep of history to lay barethe nation’s soul.” (Chicago Tribune)

“Instead of getting a dry dates-and-events history book, readers are gifted with glimpses of life and ‘historically significant’ events, presented almost in the form of a novel.” (Augusta Chronicle (GA))

More About the Author

Taylor Branch is the bestselling author of Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63 (which won the Pulitzer Prize), Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65, and At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-1968. The author of two other nonfiction books and a novel, Branch is a former staff member of The Washington Monthly, Harper's, and Esquire. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
5 star
14
4 star
5
3 star
2
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 21 customer reviews
It is a quick and exciting read!
T. Calhoun
He declared, to great applause,"if we are wrong, the Supreme Court of this nation is wrong If we are wrong, God Almighty is wrong."
Leon L Czikowsky
The King Years is an excellent portrayal of key events in king's leadership of the civil right's movement .
Lynda Burton

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Kornbluth TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
In 200 words, complete this thought: "If Martin Luther King Jr. came back to life and saw the United States today, he'd ....."

My response would be along these lines: "... be assassinated within a year."

But we have a black President! Yes, we do. We also have a gun lobby determined to make gun manufacturers richer than Goldman bankers. (Last time the killer used a 30.06 Remington Gamemaster that delivered 2,370 pounds of force on impact, more than enough to kill a rhino. Today, we'd call that a toy.) And we have a self-appointed militia of nutbags who actually believe we're on the verge of a race war and are determined to be on the winning side. King could travel in the Popemobile and it wouldn't matter --- there is no limit to the kind of hate that's been ginned up in this country.

But, you may say, King's philosophy lives on. Seriously, is there anyone of stature with a microphone who's talking about non-violence? Political leaders as moral examples? We have politicians who see it as a badge of honor to amp up their language --- they grin as they talk about pushing our economy over a cliff. TV pundits? Don't start.

And then there's Taylor Branch. In 1988, he published "Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63." I sat down one weekend and didn't get up until I'd read all 900 pages.

Branch went on to complete a trilogy about King. When he was done, the project had taken 24 years and he'd written 2,306 pages.

I revere King and I stopped after the first volume.

Now? Nobody's going to read 2,306 pages about King. Even if you believe, as Branch does, that "King's life is the best and most important metaphor for American history in the watershed postwar years," you're not about to read 2,306 pages about him.
Read more ›
4 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Wilson Trivino on February 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Historian and Pulitzer Prize winner Taylor Branch has spent his professional career studying the Civil Rights Movement and his efforts has produced a trilogy of books. At 2300 pages, most readers will not dedicate themselves to undertaking such thick books, so he has condensed the highlights into 190 pages in The King Years: Historical Moments in the Civil Rights Movement. The eighteen incidents are meant to showcase pinnacle moments; they also list the pages from which they were lifted from the original books so you can use a reference point. Simply by cutting and pasting theses highlights have created a short and sweet book on this important part of America's history.
The book takes you on the journey that transcended the struggle in America; he show cases the leaders and the names that have been merged with the fight for color equality.
These short stories give you a taste and working overview of a time that changed the course of American history and hopefully will inspire the reader to seek other resources and supplement this condense draft course.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lynda Burton on February 2, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The King Years is an excellent portrayal of key events in king's leadership of the civil right's movement . This shortened version of Branch's full trilogy allows readers to review and put in context this critical time in our history.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany on February 26, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is an easy and delightful read. It is a great synopsis of his other three books about the King Years. The extra features on teh enhanced kindle version are great.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Merredith F. Perkins on November 21, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought the book for someone else, decided to read it myself, and couldn't put it down. The riviting events smacked me in the face! I loved the actual historial accounts of the time when I really, really didn't know what was going on around me.

I also ordered John Lewis's book one, "March" but did not receive it. Please look inot what happened. I have become a movement fanatic.

Than you Merredith Perkins
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leon L Czikowsky on September 28, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is an excellent compilation from Taylor Branch's well research and written trilogy of books on the civil rights movements and Martin Luther King.

The following are notes for students of American history, the civil rights movement, and politics:

Martin Luther King, being a respected local minister, was drafted to lead a protest committee. He had to give an impromptu speech at a banquet. He spoke how all there were American citizens and how deplorable it was that a good citizen, Rosa Parks, could be arrested for being Black and refusing to give her seat on a bus to a white person. He mentioned they were all Christians and were peaceful. The only weapon they had, King declared, was non-violent protest. He declared, to great applause,"if we are wrong, the Supreme Court of this nation is wrong If we are wrong, God Almighty is wrong."

King met with Bill Graham to discus how King's speaking crusade could resemble Graham's crusades and reach out to whites King with to India to learn about the non-violent protest tactics that Mahatma Gandhi had used.

King observed that the non-violent protest of racial discrimination at lunch counters seatings conducted by the Nashville Christian Leadership Conference.

Photographs of a white man hitting a Black woman's head with a baseball bat while the police did not intervene, as well as one of football star David "Deacon" Jones sadly holding a Black woman who had been knocked down by a police fire hose, made the newspapers. The contrast of peaceful protestors and their white attackers startled public sensibilities.

Sen. John Kennedy's telephone call of sympathy for King while jailed protesting may have helped elect Kennedy President, swinging Black votes away from their then Republican base.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?