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Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation Hardcover – January 4, 2011
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"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." --Hon. Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York
"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
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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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.