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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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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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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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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LABYRINTH by Taylor Branch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 9, 1982

"Exhaustively researched, well-written, and spooky."
A sober, unsensational "inside" account of the Orlando Letelier case, co-authored by the federal prosecutor who handled it from the day when the Chilean ex-diplomat and an assistant were killed by a car bomb in the middle of Washington, D.C. The title is apt. 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: 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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JUNETEENTH by Muriel Miller Branch
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Sketchy information on how to organize a celebration appears; the book makes use of excellent black-and- white reproductions and amateurish, badly cropped contemporary photographs. (bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A book with an inviting format just adequately explains the African-American celebration and its origins in Texas of the 1900s. Read full book review >

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BOY ON ICE by John Branch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A sad, tragic story that underscores the high human cost of violent entertainment."
Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Branch debuts with a biography of hockey player Derek Boogaard (1982-2011), a fierce fighter on the ice who died of an overdose of alcohol and prescription painkillers at the age of 28. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Miller's is a unique contribution, filling a significant gap in African-American history; the book should be on every shelf. (b&w photographs, reproductions, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
``Gullah is both a language and a people,'' Miller states in her first book, and she goes on to explore the history, heritage, and culture of these descendants of slaves in a mix of memoir and workmanlike exposition. ``Gullah'' refers to the mix of English and West African languages as well as the 150,000 African-Americans who live along the coasts of South Carolina and Georgia, especially on the Sea Islands. Read full book review >

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