The heroism of those involved in the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott is presented here in poignant and thorough detail. The untold stories of those, both black and white, whose lives were forever changed by the boycott are shared, along with a chilling glimpse into the world of the white council members who tried to stop them. In the end, the boycott brought Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to prominence and improved the lives of all black Americans. Based on extensive interviews conducted over decades and culled from thousands of exclusive documents, this behind-the-scenes examination details the history of violence and abuse on the city buses. A look at Martin Luther King, Jr.'s trial, an examination of how black and white lawyers worked together to overturn segregation in the courtroom, and even firsthand accounts from the segregationists who bombed the homes of some of Montgomery's most progressive ministers are included. This fast-moving story reads like a legal thriller but is based solely on documented facts and firsthand accounts, presenting the compelling and never-before-told stories of the beginning of the end of segregation.
"Poignant and thorough." --BooksandWords.com
"A powerful, behind-the-scenes view." --"The Bulletin"
"A must read for every Montgomerian." --"The Montgomery Independent"
"A wonderful collaboration. This is a fascinating new look at the story." --"Montgomery Advertiser"
"Poignant and thorough." -- BooksandWords.com
"A must read for every Montgomerian." -- "The Montgomery Independent"
"A powerful, behind-the-scenes view." -- "The Bulletin"
"A thoroughly researched and meticulously written account." --"Denver Post"
"An essential book for more fully understanding how the walls came tumblin' down." --Studs Terkel
""The Thunder of Angels" tells the real story of the people involved in the Montgomery bus boycott.." --Vernon Jordan
"Donnie Williams and Wayne Greenhaw find the history that haunts us, and write it smart, sharp, and hard." --Rick Bragg