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Author: Douglas Brinkley Narrator: Karen White Publisher: Random House Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2000 ISBN: 9781415910696
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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-twentieth-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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  • 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 9/17/2005

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

About the Author

Douglas Brinkley, is an acclaimed historian and the multiple award-winning author of numerous New York Times bestsellers. The New York Historical Society has chosen him as their official US presidential historian, and the Chicago Tribune has called him “America’s New Past Master.” Among his numerous awards are the Sperber Prize, Benjamin Franklin Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Naval History Prize, a Grammy Award, Arthur S. Link/Warren F. Kuehl Prize, and Business Week Book of the Year Award. He works in many capacities in the world of public history, including on boards, museums, colleges and historical societies.

About the Narrator

Karen Grey is the pen name for award-winning narrator Karen White. A stage, screen, and radio drama actor in Boston, New York, and Los Angeles in the late twentieth century, she started recording books in 1999. Now back in her home state of North Carolina, she shares a home with her family and (probably) too many pets, where she continues to narrate audiobooks as well as make up stories.