From Library Journal
S. & S. 1988. 1064p. bibliog. index. ISBN 0-671-46097-8. $24.95. hist An epic of black civil rights in postwar America centered on the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Branch's narrative reaches back to King's forerunners in the Montgomery pulpit from which he led the 1955 bus boycott, then weaves in and out of King's path through the freedom rides, Ole Miss, Albany, Birmingham, and other episodes of the movement, closing this first of two volumes in November 1963. A graceful display of both the ironies and majesties of the past, it traces the historical axis joining the Kennedys' Washington to King's world of the black church and the Deep South. A tour de force of research and synthesis, richer than any extant King biography or civil rights history, this will be the measure of all books to come. BOMC main selection; see LJ' s "Best Books of 1988," p. 42. Robert F. Nardini, North Chichester, N.H.
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David Levering Lewis The Philadelphia Inquirer
Endlessly instructive and fascinating, thorough, stupendous. Now the source and standard in its field.
Robert C. Maynard The Washington Post Book World
In remarkable, meticulous detail, Branch provides us with the most complex and unsentimental version of King and his times yet produced.
Richard John Neuhaus The Wall Street Journal
A compelling story, masterfully told.
Jim Miller Newsweek
A masterpiece ... remarkably revealing.... The past, miraculously, seems to spring back to life.
Garry Wills The New York Review of Books
Already, in this chronicle, there is the material of Iliad after Iliad...There is no time in our history of which we can be more proud.
Robert Wilson USA Today