368 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 20 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-2103-6
Published: May 2015
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-2104-3
Published: May 2015
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-4564-3
Published: August 2018
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After recounting Golden's childhood on New York's Lower East Side, Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett points to his stint in prison as a young man, after a widely publicized conviction for investment fraud during the Great Depression, as the root of his empathy for the underdog in any story. During World War II, the cigar-smoking, bourbon-loving raconteur landed in Charlotte, North Carolina, and founded the Carolina Israelite newspaper, which was published into the 1960s. Golden's writings on race relations and equal rights attracted a huge popular readership. Golden used his celebrity to editorialize for civil rights as the momentous story unfolded. He charmed his way into friendships and lively correspondence with Carl Sandburg, Adlai Stevenson, Robert Kennedy, and Billy Graham, among other notable Americans, and he appeared on the Tonight Show as well as other national television programs. Hartnett's spirited chronicle captures Golden's message of social inclusion for a new audience today.
About the Author
Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett is a writer living in Portland, Oregon. She worked as a journalist for more than thirty years in New England and the Pacific Northwest.
For more information about Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett, visit the Author Page.
"[Hartnett] does not scant any of her subject’s faults and brings out his virtues."--Joseph Epstein, The Wall Street Journal
"[Hartnett] is a superb writer who knows what can be produced when you research the past and learn what ‘regular people’ are reading."--Robert Stepto, Washington Post
“Superbly written [and] solidly researched."--Seattle Times
“[A] highly readable and recommended biography.”--Library Journal, starred review
"[A] brisk, thoroughly researched, and mostly admiring biography."--Edward Kosner, Commentary
“Much more than the biography of one man . . . this is a well-told account of the civil rights movement, describing significant milestones in its history, the splits among its leaders, and the various forms that activism took. A solid piece of research.”--Kirkus Reviews