A New York Times Editors' Choice Pick
"Kennedy and King is an unqualified masterpiece of historical narrative . . . A landmark achievement." -- Douglas Brinkley, New York Times bestselling author of Rosa Parks
Kennedy and King traces the emergence of two of the twentieth century's greatest leaders, their powerful impact on each other and on the shape of the civil rights battle between 1960 and 1963. These two men from starkly different worlds profoundly influenced each other's personal development. Kennedy's hesitation on civil rights spurred King to greater acts of courage, and King inspired Kennedy to finally make a moral commitment to equality. As America still grapples with the legacy of slavery and the persistence of discrimination, Kennedy and King is a vital, vivid contribution to the literature of the Civil Rights Movement.
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Laid out in bite-sized chapters and animated with quotes and personal anecdotes, Kennedy and King is a broad-appeal history book that’s easy to read. Steven Levingston, a seasoned newspaper journalist and the nonfiction book editor of the Washington Post, has a talent for conjuring clear, lively portraits of his subjects: two monumental American leaders whose “interactions defined the early years of the civil rights era.” Levingston’s book is a great summer read that also sheds light on issues that are still very much in the news: racial discrimination, white privilege, and the moral quandaries of political life.