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Would you listen to Root and Branch again? Why?
Yes, the book was so mesmerizing I will have to buy it to add it to my library. Courageous men.
Who was your favorite character and why?
It would be wrong of me to pick only one: Charles Hamilton Houston and Thurgood Marshall
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Root and Branch
Any additional comments?
For most of us who try to find the right books that will provide solace and excitement sometimes the task is daunting. We find authors we thoroughly enjoy and even remain loyal through some books which are not as engaging and force us to wonder if we’ve wasted our money. Root and Branch, by Rawn James, is undoubtedly one of the best biography(s) and history book written. This book was better than a number of suspense/thrillers I’ve read/listened to in the past 21 years. I’m impressed with his ability to remove himself from the story and keep out all biases, report only the facts. He retells the story of some of America’s greatest men, civil rights activists, lawyer’s, and hero’s the country has ever produced. Not to mention their strong character, convictions, and duty to justice.
I originally ordered the book in an audio format and listened to the story as I worked and drove about. I’m so impressed that I am to purchase the book and make it a part of my library.
We start with Charles Hamilton Houston as a child growing up in Washington, D.C.; in a life of affluence not easily afforded to African-American’s of his time. We journey with him as he struggles through the segregated Army in the First Great War (WWI), as he goes on to become the first African-American to serve on the Harvard Law Review. He transforms Howard Law School to become an impressionable institution of judicial character, meeting Thurgood Marshall and winning their first case together; going on to cement a lifetime of mentorship and friendship. We listen as the men go on to challenge the hardships and segregation of the Jim Crow Era and solidify a place for all people at the table of educational equality.
I am extremely impressed with Mr. James’ literary abilities; his historical accuracy and prowess. Great Job!
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