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Walking With the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement
(Simon & Schuster, 1998)
Written with U.S. Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis; winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award; selected for Newsweek magazine's 2009 list of "50 Books For Our Times;" winner of the Christopher Award, winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award; a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; a Los Angeles Times bestseller; winner of the Lillian Smith Book Award; and the American Library Association's Nonfiction Book of the Year.

From Publishers Weekly: John Lewis is an authentic American hero, a modest man from the most humble of beginnings who left a rural Alabama cotton farm 40 years ago and strode into the forefront of the civil rights movement. One of the young people who brought the teachings of Ghandi and King to the lunch counters of Nashville in 1960, Lewis suffered taunts and threats, beatings and arrests. He spoke at the historic 1963 March on Washington and became chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. The nation, tuned to the nightly news, watched in horror as state troopers clubbed him viciously, fracturing his skull as he led a march in Selma, Alabama, in 1965. Today, he's the only member of Congress who can be proud of having been carried off to jail more than 40 times. With the help of collaborator/journalist, Michael D'Orso, this remarkable man has written a truly remarkable book. Walking with the Wind is a deeply moving personal memoir that skillfully balances the intimate and touching recollections of the deeply thoughtful Lewis with the intense national drama that was the civil rights movement.


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