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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (438 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Taylor Branch Narrator: Joe Morton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”


  • “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.”


  • “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)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2007 Anisfield-Wolf Book Prize for Lifetime Achievement
  • New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction, 2006
  • A 2006 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for History
  • A 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist for Biography
  • A 2006 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Roger | 2/15/2014

    " This is the third book of the trilogy written by Taylor Branch on the life of Martin Luther King. I enjoyed the book and learned many things about the life and career of MLK. Mr. Branch goes into great depth about MLK in the era of the heavy Civil Rights fight, his relationship with LBJ and all the major Civil Rights figures in the 1960s. I need to read the first two books to get a complete picture of MLK one of the major figures of the 20th Century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mike | 2/8/2014

    " What it took to create and maintain the non-violent movement towards civil rights is unbelievable seeing the challenges MLK was facing. It was also interesting watching LBJ caught between the beginning of the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nadine | 2/3/2014

    " I give the whole series a hundred stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Frederic | 2/1/2014

    " This comment pertains to all three America in the King Years books by Taylor Branch...all are excellent(though we sometimes lose sight of Dr. King in the third volume due to the scrupulously researched wealth of details about the War)...the books make a compelling case for MLK as THE Great Public Man without Portfolio in the history of our country... "

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