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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (111 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Douglas Brinkley Narrator: Karen White Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2005 ISBN:
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In 1955, Rosa Parks, an African-American seamstress, had no idea she was changing history when, fed up and tired, she refused to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a bus in segregated Alabama. Today, she is immortalized for the defiance that sent her to jail and triggered a bus boycott that catapulted Martin Luther King, Jr. into the national spotlight. Who was she, before and after her historic act, and how did that act sound the death knell for Jim Crow? Historian Douglas Brinkley brings mid-20th century America alive in this brilliant examination of a celebrated heroine in the context of her life and tumultuous times. Here is the quiet dignity, hope, courage, and humor that have made this every-woman a living legend. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 1/12/2014

    " I really enjoyed it! She is exactly what I love about the Civil Rights movement, and it turns out that the biography is as uplifting as the legend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Genevieve | 1/5/2014

    " Very insightful. I had no idea that she was so involved. A big difference from the "tired seamstress" that didn't want to give up her seat that I learned in school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonna | 11/26/2013

    " Well written book about one of the most important women in American history. It should be required reading by all high-schoolers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 10/21/2013

    " Good basic biography, the first I have read of Rosa Parks. 100% favorable perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/1/2012

    " It was a very good bio. Mrs. Parks was very active in the civil rights movement before she refused to give that seat to a white man. She continued to work with all kinds of people as she grew older to make sure segregatiion stayed a thing of the past (if that's possible). So glad I read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 2/4/2010

    " I took every weary, elated, sad dissapointed breath with her! Well written with information new 2 me. Gave me a peek at Rosa Parks before, during and after her act of "defiance." I would actually like this book in my own library so I could read it again and again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Class 238 | 11/14/2008

    " i relly loved this book it is so good tre'vaughn "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhonda | 7/23/2008

    " A very interesting biography... I never knew Rosa was such an activist all of her life! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alejandra E-burt | 6/24/2008

    " This an amazing biography of a quiet and extraordinary leader of Cilvil Rights! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Virginia feliz | 12/1/2007

    " my teacher read this to me and i was touched. this is a great book to read on black history month "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fred | 3/5/2007

    " This book is written in a no frills, fact based manner that is both refreshing and insightful. A good book about a great lady. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn | 5/22/2006

    " The whole story is even more amazing that the small fraction we usually hear "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie Ann | 9/17/2005

    " Rosa Parks was an outstanding human being and this was an outstanding book! "

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About the Author
Author Douglas Brinkley

Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. Six of his books have been selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and The Great Deluge won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He lives in Texas with his wife and three children.He has published several essays on Carter’s post-presidency, which have appeared in World Policy Journal, Foreign Affairs, Diplomatic History, and the New Orleans Review.

About the Narrator

Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audiobooks since 1999. An Audie Award finalist, she has earned numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her reading of The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2009.