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$30.00ISBN: 9781984855022Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Random House - August 25th, 2020
As the prejudice and racial hatred that was so much a part of the ‘60s boils up again today, it is hard to think of a more important or timely book than the biography of John Lewis. It’s also hard to imagine anyone more suited to write that biography than Jon Meacham, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian with a deep understanding not just of our nation’s past but also of the Christianity which, along with the non-violence of Gandhi, coalesced into the bedrock beliefs of the adult John Lewis. Preaching to chickens as a boy, to his fellow students at the theology seminar he attended as a young man, Lewis grew comfortable formulating and expressing faith—whether in God or the “beloved community” that was his version of “a perfect union.” That faith led him from lunch counters in Nashville to the buses of the “Freedom Riders” to Birmingham to Selma to the turning point of “Bloody Sunday” on the Edmund Pettus Bridge—and finally to the U.S. House of Representatives where he remained until his recent death. The march of history seen through his eyes and grounded in Meacham’s portrait of his time, reflects back a man of profound morality and unshakable belief that, “It will all work out.” Somehow, turning the last page of Meacham’s excellent book, looking back on the extraordinary life of the unstoppable and inspiring John Lewis, I almost believe it will. Even now, in 2020.