At Canaan’s Edge by Taylor Branch audiobook

At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965–68

By Taylor Branch
Read by Joe Morton

Simon & Schuster Audio
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FROM THE AUTHOR OF PARTING THE WATERS AND PILLAR OF FIRE At Canaan's Edge concludes America in the King Years, a three-volume history that will endure as a masterpiece of storytelling on American race, violence, and democracy. Pulitzer Prize-winner and bestselling author Taylor Branch makes clear in this magisterial account of the civil rights movement that Martin Luther King, Jr., earned a place next to James Madison and Abraham Lincoln in the pantheon of American history. King and his movement stand at the zenith of America's defining story, one decade into an epic struggle for the promises of democracy. Branch opens with the authorities' violent suppression of a voting-rights march in Alabama on March 7, 1965. From there we follow King as he takes nonviolence into Northern urban ghettoes exposing hatreds and fears no less virulent than the Mississippi Klan's. We watch King bring all his eloquence into dissent from the Vietnam War, and decide to concentrate his next campaign on a positive compact to address poverty. We reach Memphis, the garbage workers' strike, and ultimately King's assassination. At Canaan's Edge shows King at the height of his moral power even as his worldly power is waning. It shows why his fidelity to freedom and nonviolence makes him a defining figure long beyond his brilliant life and violent end.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

Winner of the 2007 Anisfield-Wolf Book Prize for Lifetime Achievement

A 2006 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction

A 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist for Biography

A 2006 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for History

New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction, 2006

FROM THE AUTHOR OF PARTING THE WATERS AND PILLAR OF FIRE

At Canaan's Edge concludes America in the King Years, a three-volume history that will endure as a masterpiece of storytelling on American race, violence, and democracy. Pulitzer Prize-winner and bestselling author Taylor Branch makes clear in this magisterial account of the civil rights movement that Martin Luther King, Jr., earned a place next to James Madison and Abraham Lincoln in the pantheon of American history.

King and his movement stand at the zenith of America's defining story, one decade into an epic struggle for the promises of democracy. Branch opens with the authorities' violent suppression of a voting-rights march in Alabama on March 7, 1965. From there we follow King as he takes nonviolence into Northern urban ghettoes exposing hatreds and fears no less virulent than the Mississippi Klan's. We watch King bring all his eloquence into dissent from the Vietnam War, and decide to concentrate his next campaign on a positive compact to address poverty. We reach Memphis, the garbage workers' strike, and ultimately King's assassination.

At Canaan's Edge shows King at the height of his moral power even as his worldly power is waning. It shows why his fidelity to freedom and nonviolence makes him a defining figure long beyond his brilliant life and violent end.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A thrilling book, marvelous in both its breadth and detail. There is drama in every paragraph.” New York Times Book Review
At Canaan’s Edge is a deeply researched book that completes a superior narrative trilogy of America’s civil rights struggles between 1954 and 1968.” Washington Post Book World
“Luminous…magisterial…At Canaan’s Edge is a sweeping history of protest and politics, bursting with outsize figures.” Chicago Tribune
“Stunning…It is the most difficult and downbeat of the three volumes…it also might be the best.” Washington Monthly
“A worthy capstone to a remarkable series of historical works.” Christian Science Monitor
“A magnificent account of witness and sacrifice.” Harper’s
“A passionate, detailed, and important examination of a larger-than-life figure.” Bookmarks magazine
“With this final volume, ‘America in the King Years’ becomes unsurpassed in the last fifty years of American biography…A book that gradually reveals a large-scale vision of democracy as an act of hope thrown down like a gauntlet.” Salon.com
“The engrossing final installment of Branch’s three-volume biography of Martin Luther King Jr. maintains the high standards set in the previous volumes…This magisterial book is a fitting tribute to a magisterial man.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Author Bio: Taylor Branch

Author Bio: Taylor Branch

Taylor Branch is an acclaimed author and public speaker best known for his landmark narrative history of the civil rights era, America in the King Years. The trilogy’s first book, Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63, won the Pulitzer Prize and numerous other awards in 1989. Two successive volumes also gained critical and popular success: Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65 and At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-1968. Decades later, all three books remain in demand. Branch began his career in 1970 as a staff journalist for the Washington MonthlyHarper’s, and, Esquire. He holds honorary doctoral degrees from ten colleges and universities. Other citations include the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 and the National Humanities Medal in 1999.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 9.90
Audience: Adult
Language: English