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Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation Hardcover – 14 Jan 2011


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1 edition (14 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230103685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230103689
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.4 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 927,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'What elevates this book above most scholarly tomes is its rare and invaluable insider's insight into not only the happenings of the day but also the people involved.' - The Irish Examiner

'Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. changed the course of American history by challenging - and inspiring - the country to confront injustice and live up to our founding ideals. The words he spoke at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963 will forever be immortalized for their beauty and power, and they will forever echo in the soul of American life. Jones and Connelly capture the fascinating story behind this historic moment, shedding new light on a speech that ushered in a new dawn for the nation.' - Mayor Michael Bloomberg

'The words of Dr. King live on as a gift to our country. As someone who stood beside him during those years, Clarence B Jones puts them in context and brings the stories around them to life. He and Stuart Connelly take us inside the greatest moments of the American civil rights movement and behind the scenes of a speech that awakened our collective conscience.' - Soledad O'Brien

'America would be a very different place if it weren't for the hard work of men like Clarence Jones. Different - and vastly less just. Behind the Dream takes us behind the scenes of Dr. King's historic 'I Have a Dream' speech, which Jones helped write. It's a story that is as remarkable as it is inspiring.' - Arianna Huffington

'The words 'I Have a Dream' are as applicable today as they were all those years ago. Behind The Dream provides a beautiful glimpse at the origins of an enduring work. Clarence B. Jones illuminates the history in a way no one else could. To learn the story of the speech's creation from the man who was there is to appreciate Martin's genius all the more.' - Betty Williams, Nobel Peace Laureate

'The author provides numerous intriguing insider insights about life on the road with King. . . . Essential reading about a moment of surpassing political and moral importance.' - Kirkus [starred review]

Praise for What Would Martin Say?:

'A service to King's legacy, by lifting the layers of oversimplifying myth and legend to reveal a deeper, more complex man.' -
Newsweek

'Clarence B. Jones, Dr. Martin Luther King's personal attorney and adviser, provides insight into what the slain civil rights leader would say about the state of today's political affairs. Jones offers provocative views of how King would view racial and religious conflict, illegal immigration, and war.' -
Ebony

'Bold...The notion of acting as a medium for the departed King is provocative, but Jones is a smooth manager of feisty prose. What's here is a sort of political parlor game and, like a good parlor game, it will make for lively conversation.' -
Publishers Weekly

'Jones seeks to 'translate King for a modern audience.' A gimmick? Absolutely not. The lengthy responses Jones fashions, each one based on his intimate knowledge of King's vision, are well thought out and great material for discussion.' -
Booklist

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A vividaccount of the creation of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech thatrallied a generation and brought hope to a struggling movement

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ben Trovato on 17 April 2012
Format: Hardcover
It's a couple of generations since the Civil Rights Movement in the USA in the early 1960s and time is working to diminish the popular memory of just how riven the country was then and the routine evil that was dealt out to its "persons of colour". But Uncle Sam blazed the trail for South African apartheid, giving the Boertrekkers a masterclass. This book teems with the emotions and political calculations of the struggle for basic human rights and a share of the American Pie of that era. Clarence Jones is just one of the many unsung heroes and heroines who gave their blood and brains to try and bring about at least a minor readjustment of the WASP-rigged status quo. Well worth a read if only to get behind the smokescreen personality cult that's been fanned around the martyred Dr King. Marvel at the power and the dignity of a human struggle still only part won with the coming of millionaire Obama and wonder at why no-one's made a real film about these days yet? Maybe we can only have so much equality?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frederick R. Millar on 17 April 2012
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A touching narrative about an American hero - written by an author with a wonderful command of the English language - we can all have a dream!
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By London Meerkat on 14 Sept. 2012
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The book started off ok, but by half way through the writer Clarence Jones became to me rather obsessed with just how much he had been involved in the speech and it's construction. I just couldn't be bother to read more, he waffled on to much for me.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MacGregor on 16 April 2011
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Very worthwhile read that can not but help highlight the lack of world leadership and the hopelessness of expecting one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful writing, powerful book 20 Jan. 2011
By Bartleby - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I was impressed with this behind-the-scenes look at MLK Jr's famous speech. It's a short-but-sweet, powerful book with some fine writing. Good buy for schools, libraries or any American history buff.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Dream Shared 23 Jan. 2011
By Eddie Hutchinson - Published on Amazon.com
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Clarence B. Jones, attorney and speechwriter for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., shares his memories and thoughts of that historic point in time: the March on Washington and King's `I Have a Dream' speech.

I believe many of us can articulate what transpired that day if not from memory, from history lessons and books. However, only a select few, those in King's inner circle, like Jones, can truly provide that rare glimpse into what transpired in the days leading up to, during and after the March on Washington.

In Behind the Dream we learn of the secluded haven procured for King to allow him to focus and prepare for the March, the collaborative efforts (of sorts) in creating the I Have a Dream speech, the influence of A. Philip Randolph, the last minute copyright efforts and much more.

The book's title couldn't be more apropos.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The man behind the dream! 9 Jan. 2011
By PDoherty - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This very interesting book chronicles the days and weeks leading up to the moment when Martin Luther King gave his "I have a dream" speech. Amazing that it took fifty years for the story behind the speech to get out. Both inspiring and eye opening.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Found the book enjoyable and insightful 21 Feb. 2011
By Craig Mohre - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I just finished the book this weekend. One of the aspects I appreciated is the humbleness with which Clarence Jones describes the events and his role. Clearly, he was part of Dr. King's inner circle and a key contributor, but he does not take credit for the most moving portion of the speech. Instead, he credits Mahalia Jackson for recommending to Dr. King to "share the dream" and Dr. King's genius and unique abilities to deliver the message. Jones' humble, yet realistic approach, lends credibility to other important observations in the book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
powerful book 20 Feb. 2011
By MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
i have a dream is the most important speech ever written by a human being, because in America it said that i will be Somebody, i am somebody and we are all somebody can i get a AMEN! the writers do a great job putting things together and it is very detail must have historical book. it is a must have and read. a great tribute.
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