Search Results: "Taylor Branch"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1988

"In brief, then, a vivid, panoramic text that documents in telling detail the roots of an epic, many-splendored cause."
An affecting, wide-ranging evocation of a turbulent decade when the civil-rights movement launched its fiercely determined, largely nonviolent battle for America's social conscience and soul. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"Though no substitute for the larger epic, the book is a reliable gloss on a troubling era."
The quick-read version of the author's three-volume America in the King Years, focusing more on dramatic high points than narrative context. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2009

"A one-of-a-kind—though not particularly revealing—perspective on the Clinton presidency."
A history of the Bill Clinton years based on taped interviews with the president while he was in office. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"A hallmark, essential to an understanding of the civil-rights movement, Dr. King and 20th-century America."
Branch closes his monumental trilogy on Martin Luther King Jr. with gravity and grace. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 2, 1998

"With a third volume to come, this history is taking pride of place among the dozens of fine chronicles of this time of tumult and moral witness in American history."
In this stirring follow-up to his Pulitzer Prizewinning Parting the Waters (1988), Branch recalls the terror, dissension, and courage of the civil-rights movement at its zenith: the mid- 1960s agitation leading to landmark integration and voting-rights legislation. Read full book review >

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EMPIRE BLUES by Taylor Branch
Released: April 13, 1981

"But Branch is spirited, imaginative, and brightly wicked with words—and we can only hope that he hasn't thrown all his best material into this under-edited, over-ambitious, fatally unfocused debut."
First-novelist Branch (a Washington columnist/editor) is hip as can be, loaded with talent (chiefly satiric), and bursting with ideas for a half-dozen novels. Read full book review >

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DEFENDING TAYLOR by Miranda Kenneally
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 5, 2016

"Read it for Taylor's journey but not for anything deeper. (Fiction. 12-18)"
When a Tennessee senator's daughter is expelled from her posh prep school, she faces challenges at her new, public high school. Read full book review >

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PETER TAYLOR by Hubert H. McAlexander
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Of use and interest to students of southern letters and postwar American fiction."
A workmanlike biography of the noted southern writer. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 24, 1992

"A thorough and significant contribution to Civil War scholarship."
From rare-book dealer Parrish, an engaging and exhaustively researched biography of an important and intriguing, though rarely studied, Confederate leader. Read full book review >

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BRANCH RICKEY by Jimmy Breslin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2011

"Quirky, idiosyncratic, oddly balanced and surpassingly entertaining."
This entry in the Penguin Lives series focuses on Branch Rickey's game-changing efforts to bring Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers, shattering baseball's race barrier. Read full book review >

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THE BRANCH by Mireille Messier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Brimming with personality and passion, this protagonist is a joy to know. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Introductory scenes present a young pink-skinned girl with a brown pageboy struggling to fall asleep as she tracks the sights and sounds of the ice storm at her window. Read full book review >

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ZACHARY TAYLOR by John S.D. Eisenhower
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2008

"Adequate sketch of Taylor's accomplishments without a great deal of flesh or heart."
Old Rough and Ready gets proficient, if somewhat lackluster treatment in this latest volume of the American Presidents series. Read full book review >