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Carry ME Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution Paperback – 8 Jan 2002

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  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (8 Jan. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743217721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743217729
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 4.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,842,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Craig Flournoy"The Dallas Morning News"The product of nineteen years of research, "Carry Me Home" is a brilliant work of history. Jon Wiener"The Nation"The most important book on the movement since Taylor Branch's "Parting the Waters." It should become a classic. "The New Yorker"McWhorter's own involvement in the story...reenergizes the struggle, serving as a reminder that history is always personal. "The Washington Post Book World""Carry Me Home" is a case study in how the privileged and powerful can operate behind the scenes to control and, when it is in their interests, undermine and corrupt the social fabric. David Herbert DonaldAuthor of "Lincoln"A tour de force, comparable in importance to J. Anthony Lukas's "Common Ground" and Taylor Branch's "Parting the Waters." "Carry Me Home" is destined to become a classic in the history of the civil rights revolution. Ellen Dahnke"The Tennessean"Birmingham's story will strike a chord with every Southerner who lived through that crucible, but it is as much a tribute to McWhorter's gifts that readers will feel as if they walk Birmingham's streets during that period as if through their own hometown. Francine Prose"O Magazine"Her narrative takes on the suspense of a detective novel...."Carry Me Home" is an ambitious, panoramic history with enough personal memoir to make us see why Diane McWhorter cannot forget -- and wants us to remember -- the momentous events that took place during one historic year in one Alabama city. Paul Rosenberg"The Denver Post"McWhorter's remarkable clarity and candor, her relentless focus on the enormous forces of stasis, reaction and accommodation that defined life in Birmingham, illuminate this past so vividly we cannot avoid the unspoken challenge to finally come to terms with it, however difficult that may yet be.Paul Rosenberg "Publishers Weekly" (starred)The story of civil rights in Birmingham, Alabama, has been told before -- from the unspeakable violence to the simple, courageous decencies -- but fresh, sometimes startling details distinguish this doorstop page-turner told by a daughter of the city's white elite. [McWhorter] brings a gripping pace and an unusual, twofold perspective to her account, incorporating her viewpoint as a child...as well as her adult viewpoint as an avid scholar and journalist. Harper Barnes"St. Louis Post-Dispatch"Diane McWhorter's powerful moral epic about the civil rights movement in Birmingham, Alabama, contains all the elements of first-rate history, including dauntingly thorough research, a sure grasp of the big picture as well as the tiny details that illuminate it, evocative writing that brings action and character springing off the page, and a novelist's sense of how to mold a compelling narrative arc out of the innumerable molecules of historical fact. David Herbert Donald author of "Lincoln" A tour de force, comparable in importance to J. Anthony Lukas's "Common Ground" and Taylor Branch's "Parting the Waters.""Carry Me Home" is destined to become a classic in the history of the civil rights revolution. Harper Barnes"St. Louis Post-Dispatch"Diane McWhorter's powerful moral epic about the civil rights movement in Birmingham, Alabama, contains all the elements of first-rate history, including dauntingly thorough research, a sure grasp of the big picture as well as the tiny details that illuminate it, evocative writing that brings action and character springing off the page, and a novelist's sense of how to mold a compelling narrative arc out of the innumerable molecules of historical fact. "Publishers Weekly" (starred)The story of civil rights in Birmingham, Alabama, has been told before -- from the unspeakable violence to the simple, courageous decencies -- but fresh, sometimes startling details distinguish this doorstop page-turner told by a daughter of the city's white elite. [McWhorter] brings a gripping pace and an unusual, twofold perspective to her account, incorporating her viewpoint as a child...as well as her adult viewpoint as an avid scholar and journalist. Paul Rosenberg"The Denver Post"McWhorter's remarkable clarity and candor, her relentless focus on the enormous forces of stasis, reaction and accommodation that defined life in Birmingham, illuminate this past so vividly we cannot avoid the unspoken challenge to finally come to terms with it, however difficult that may yet be.Paul Rosenberg Francine Prose"O Magazine"Her narrative takes on the suspense of a detective novel...."Carry Me Home" is an ambitious, panoramic history with enough personal memoir to make us see why Diane McWhorter cannot forget -- and wants us to remember -- the momentous events that took place during one historic year in one Alabama city. Ellen Dahnke"The Tennessean"Birmingham's story will strike a chord with every Southerner who lived through that crucible, but it is as much a tribute to McWhorter's gifts that readers will feel as if they walk Birmingham's streets during that period as if through their own hometown. David Herbert DonaldAuthor of "Lincoln"A tour de force, comparable in importance to J. Anthony Lukas's "Common Ground" and Taylor Branch's "Parting the Waters." "Carry Me Home" is destined to become a classic in the history of the civil rights revolution. "The Washington Post Book World""Carry Me Home" is a case study in how the privileged and powerful can operate behind the scenes to control and, when it is in their interests, undermine and corrupt the social fabric. "The New Yorker"McWhorter's own involvement in the story...reenergizes the struggle, serving as a reminder that history is always personal. Jon Wiener"The Nation"The most important book on the movement since Taylor Branch's "Parting the Waters." It should become a classic. Craig Flournoy"The Dallas Morning News"The product of nineteen years of research, "Carry Me Home" is a brilliant work of history. Francine Prose"O MagazineHer narrative takes on the suspense of a detective novel...."Carry Me Home is an ambitious, panoramic history with enough personal memoir to make us see why Diane McWhorter cannot forget -- and wants us to remember -- the momentous events that took place during one historic year in one Alabama city.


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