The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act

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308
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6.51 X 1.05 X 9.6 inches | 1.25 pounds
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English
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Hardcover
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9781608198245
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About the Author
Clay Risen is a staff editor of the New York Times op-ed and Sunday Review section and founded the noted quarterly Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, of which he served as managing editor. His recent writing has appeared in such journals as the Atlantic, Smithsonian, and the Washington Post. His first book, A Nation on Fire: America in the Wake of the King Assassination (Wiley, 2009), received much critical acclaim. He lives in New York.
Reviews

"Eye-opening . . . Unquestionably important . . . [Risen] has crafted a crucial addition to civil rights history, sure to absorb anyone interested in the times." --"Publishers Weekly" (starred review), on "A Nation on Fire"

"A compelling, original history of the tumult that followed Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination." --Thomas J. Sugrue, author of "Sweet Land of Liberty", on "A Nation on Fire"

"Compelling . . . the author has given us such a concise and well-written reminder of how bad things used to be . . . A Nation on Fire may revive your faith in progress." --"The Boston Globe", on "A Nation on Fire"
"Scrupulous accuracy...well-researched." -"Kirkus""Risen is adept at weaving in juicy snippets of conversation and his fluid prose." -"Publishers Weekly"

"Smart and stirring." -"New Republic"

"This is an outstanding study of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Moreover, it is an exceptional examination of how Congress worked 50 years ago. What makes New York Times op-ed editor Risen's account compelling is his depiction of a subtle process that depended on a cast of characters. First, it was in the House of Representatives where Democrats like Emanuel Celler and Republicans such as William McCullough conspired to override southern objections. Although Risen gives President Lyndon B. Johnson his due, he does not describe him as the indispensable force in passing the first major piece of civil rights legislation since the 14th amendment. In the Senate, the author highlights Everett Dirksen, Hubert Humphrey, and Mike Mansfield for their efforts. He even breaks scholarly ground by pointing out that Howard Smith's amendment expanding women's rights was not offered solely as a poison pill, but due to a lifetime of devotion to gender equality. Risen's account of John Kennedy's efforts are sparkling. A work of high academic quality written with a journalist's flair for telling a tale. Superb. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries." - D. R. Turner, Davis and Elkins College, " CHOICE"
"Scrupulous accuracy...well-researched." -"Kirkus
"Risen is adept at weaving in juicy snippets of conversation and his fluid prose." -"Publishers Weekly
"Smart and stirring." -"New Republic"
"This is an outstanding study of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Moreover, it is an exceptional examination of how Congress worked 50 years ago. What makes New York Times op-ed editor Risen's account compelling is his depiction of a subtle process that depended on a cast of characters. First, it was in the House of Representatives where Democrats like Emanuel Celler and Republicans such as William McCullough conspired to override southern objections. Although Risen gives President Lyndon B. Johnson his due, he does not describe him as the indispensable force in passing the first major piece of civil rights legislation since the 14th amendment. In the Senate, the author highlights Everett Dirksen, Hubert Humphrey, and Mike Mansfield for their efforts. He even breaks scholarly ground by pointing out that Howard Smith's amendment expanding women's rights was not offered solely as a poison pill, but due to a lifetime of devotion to gender equality. Risen's account of John Kennedy's efforts are sparkling. A work of high academic quality written with a journalist's flair for telling a tale. Superb. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries." - D. R. Turner, Davis and Elkins College, " CHOICE"
"Scrupulous accuracy well-researched." -"Kirkus"

Scrupulous accuracy well-researched. "Kirkus"

Risen is adept at weaving in juicy snippets of conversation and his fluid prose. "Publishers Weekly"

Smart and stirring. "New Republic"

This is an outstanding study of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Moreover, it is an exceptional examination of how Congress worked 50 years ago. What makes New York Times op-ed editor Risen's account compelling is his depiction of a subtle process that depended on a cast of characters. First, it was in the House of Representatives where Democrats like Emanuel Celler and Republicans such as William McCullough conspired to override southern objections. Although Risen gives President Lyndon B. Johnson his due, he does not describe him as the indispensable force in passing the first major piece of civil rights legislation since the 14th amendment. In the Senate, the author highlights Everett Dirksen, Hubert Humphrey, and Mike Mansfield for their efforts. He even breaks scholarly ground by pointing out that Howard Smith's amendment expanding women's rights was not offered solely as a poison pill, but due to a lifetime of devotion to gender equality. Risen's account of John Kennedy's efforts are sparkling. A work of high academic quality written with a journalist's flair for telling a tale. Superb. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries. "D. R. Turner, Davis and Elkins College, CHOICE""

"Scrupulous accuracy...well-researched." --Kirkus

"Risen is adept at weaving in juicy snippets of conversation and his fluid prose." --Publishers Weekly

"Smart and stirring." --New Republic

"This is an outstanding study of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Moreover, it is an exceptional examination of how Congress worked 50 years ago. What makes New York Times op-ed editor Risen's account compelling is his depiction of a subtle process that depended on a cast of characters. First, it was in the House of Representatives where Democrats like Emanuel Celler and Republicans such as William McCullough conspired to override southern objections. Although Risen gives President Lyndon B. Johnson his due, he does not describe him as the indispensable force in passing the first major piece of civil rights legislation since the 14th amendment. In the Senate, the author highlights Everett Dirksen, Hubert Humphrey, and Mike Mansfield for their efforts. He even breaks scholarly ground by pointing out that Howard Smith's amendment expanding women's rights was not offered solely as a poison pill, but due to a lifetime of devotion to gender equality. Risen's account of John Kennedy's efforts are sparkling. A work of high academic quality written with a journalist's flair for telling a tale. Superb. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries." --D. R. Turner, Davis and Elkins College, CHOICE