Parting the Waters, America in the King Years 1954-63 is a seminal work by Taylor Branch. Taylor Branch, an American author and public speaker best known for his landmark trilogy on the civil rights era, also wrote, The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President (2009), a memoir of his unprecedented eight-year project to gather a sitting president’s comprehensive oral history secretly on tape. Aside from writing, Taylor speaks before a wide variety of audiences. He began his career as a magazine journalist for The Washington Monthly in 1970, moving later to Harper’s and Esquire.
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