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Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation Hardcover – Jan 4 2011

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful writing, powerful book Jan. 20 2011
By Bartleby - Published on
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 Jan. 22 2011
By Eddie Hutchinson - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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! Jan. 9 2011
By PDoherty - Published on
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 Feb. 21 2011
By Craig Mohre - Published on
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
Behind the Dream Feb. 20 2011
By Jason North - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I went from knowing suprisingly little about the March on Washington to feeling like I was right there with a quarter million people. It is amazing to learn of the courage and sacrifices that these civil leaders embodied.