2007 non-fiction book by Donnie Williams and Wayne Greenhaw< read all 1 reviews
As I recall, "The Thunder of Angels" was definitely one of the best books I read back in 2006. Donnie Williams and Wayne Greenhaw have the uncanny knack of transporting the reader right back into the middle of the historic events that were taking place in Montgomery, Alabama back in 1955 and 1956. More importantly, the authors introduce us to E.D.Nixon, a humble Pullman car porter and largely unknown figure up to this point, who in myriad ways over a period of two decades helped to create what we all know today as the civil rights movement in America. "The Thunder of Angels: The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the People Who Broke the Back of Jim Crow" reveals the untold story of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. You cannot help but be struck by the courage and determination displayed by so many people during those troubled times in Alabama's capitol city.
If ever there was an unlikely figure to lead such a historic movement it was E.D Nixon. As a young man he learned first hand the hard life of a sharecropper. Determined to make a better life for himself, E.D. Nixon found work as a baggage porter in Mobile in the mid 1920's. Shortly thereafter he landed a job as a Pullman car porter. The new job gave young Mr. Nixon the opportunity to travel to a great many U.S. cities including Chicago, St. Louis, San Francisco and New York. Growing up in a segregated city like Montgomery, he naturally assumed that Negroes were treated in the same way everywhere else. But in his travels he discovered that this simply was not the case. He saw firsthand that blacks were faring substantially better than he had been led to believe in many towns and cities across America. He quietly vowed to do whatever he could to instigate change in this beloved Montgomery. He bided his time and in December 1955 the Rosa Parks case presented itself. Because so much of the groundwork had been laid over the years by E.D. Nixon the emerging leadership of the Black community in Montgomery as well as the black man in the street correctly sensed that the time was right to demand change in their city. It proved to be a knock-down, dragged out fight but the storied case of the Montgomery Bus Boycott would go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
I found "The Thunder of Angels: The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the People Who Broke the Back of Jim Crow" to be one of those books that I simply could not put down. This one held my interest from cover to cover. There was so much new information that I have never seen anywhere else. I learned about many courageous men and women, black and white, the famous and the not so famous who rose to the occasion and demanded an end to segregation in Montgomery. What happened there would have a profound effect on the history of race relations in America. "The Thunder of Angels" is a "must" read for all students of U.S. history. Very highly recommended!!!
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Donnie Williams (Author), Wayne Greenhaw (Author)
"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, their words falling like a tack-hammer on our conscience. They reveal the famous and infamous, the faces of newsreels, and now show us all the others." —Rick Bragg
"This revelatory book tells the bone-deep truth of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a pivotal moment in the civil rights struggle. . . . An essential book for more fully understanding how the walls came tumblin' down." —Studs Terkel
"A wonderful collaboration. This is a fascinating new look at the story." —Montgomery Advertiser
"A thoroughly researched and meticulously written account.” —Denver Post
"Poignant and thorough." —BooksandWords.com
"A powerful, behind-the-scenes view." —The Bulletin
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 ...