Taylor Branch

Taylor Branch is a writer who began his career in 1970 as a staff journalist for the Washington Monthly. He is best known for his civil rights era trilogy, of which the first volume, Parting the Waters, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1989. Branch’s other books include The Clinton Tapes, about his secret project to gather a sitting president’s oral history, and The Cartel, an ebook expanded from his noted cover story in the Atlantic about college sports. His latest book, The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement, presents 18 key episodes from his trilogy with new introductions. In addition to writing, Branch has spoken before a variety of audiences on a range of topics, including doctrines of nonviolence with prisoners at San Quentin and with military officers at the National War College. His 2008 address at the National Cathedral marked the 40th anniversary of Dr. King’s last Sunday sermon from that pulpit.