Pillar of Fire: Martin Luther King
Taylor Branch’s Pillar of Fire covers the epic years of 1963 to 1965 in the civil rights movement. It is the second volume of his trilogy. Parting the Waters, the first book, was honored with the Pulitzer Prize. At Canaan’s Edge is the final tome. Notwithstanding his personal foibles, which Branch confronts and details, Dr. Martin Luther King looms more than ever as a towering figure. It is to King that Branch returns to almost as a pole star to chart his historical course.
Interview by David Barsamian.
Taylor Branch is the bestselling author of the landmark trilogy America in the King Years: Parting the Waters: 1954-63, winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Pillar of Fire: 1963-65, and At Canaan’s Edge: 1965-1968. He is also the author of The Clinton Tapes. His articles appear in major newspapers and magazines.