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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,126 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Taylor Branch Narrator: C. C. H. Pounder, Joe Morton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Hailed as the most masterful story ever told of the American civil rights movement, Parting the Waters is destined to endure for generations.

This audio adaptation focuses primarily on Martin Luther King, Jr. and the key moments that defined his rise to the forefront of the civil rights movement. From Rosa Parks' monumental arrest in Montgomery to King's imprisonment in Birmingham and his triumphant march on Washington, Taylor Branch provides an unsurpassed portrait of King's rise to greatness. He illuminates the stunning courage and private conflict, the deals, maneuvers, betrayals, and rivalries that determined history behind closed doors, at boycotts and sit-ins, on bloody freedom rides, and through siege and murder. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “A compelling story, masterfully told.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “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.”

    New York Review of Books

  • “In remarkable, meticulous detail, Branch provides us with the most complex and unsentimental version of King and his times yet produced.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Endlessly instructive and fascinating, thorough, stupendous. Now the source and standard in its field.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “ A masterpiece… remarkably revealing… The past, miraculously, seems to spring back to life. ”


  • “Simply superior in every aspect.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • “Important…a marvelous book about a man and a movement.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • “Superb.”

    USA Today

  • Winner of the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for History
  • Winner of the 1989 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest
  • A 1988 New York Times Best Book for Nonfiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 1988 National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction
  • Winner of the 1989 Anisfield-Wolf Book Prize for Nonfiction
  • Winner of the 1989 Ambassador Book Award for Biography/Autobiography
  • A 1989 National Book Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Amy Mcintosh | 2/18/2014

    " This whole series if unbelievably good. "

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

    " This series is a must read for every American who wants to consider herself educated. A truly great book on a great chapter of American history. "

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

    " so i somehow escaped high school without ever having taken a class on US history (long story). years later, i was working with an organization trying to organize a national campaign, and i felt the need to educate myself on the civil rights movement. i couldn't have found a better source than parting the waters. what i enjoyed most was branch's analysis of the power struggles within the civil rights movement, and his willingness to shatter the facade of infalliability americans have created around MLK Jr. (also, having read it in my spare time freed up more time for beer drinking during graduate school). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gayle | 2/2/2014

    " Although I got carpel tunnel holding it, absolutely amazing.....Book that all Americans should read. On to Vol 2, hopefully in paperback. Although I was alive during the times covered in this book, and have some memory of some events ...wow learned a whole history of my times, and a very important one, that my education failed me on....never too late though. "

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