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The Thunder of Angels
The Thunder of Angels

The Thunder of Angels

The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the People Who Broke the Back of Jim Crow


320 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, Mobipocket, EPUB

Trade Paper, $19.99 (CA $26.99) (US $19.99)

Publication Date: April 2007

ISBN 9781556526763

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Apr 2007)
Lawrence Hill Books


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True stories of the peaceful citizens who brought a segregated city to its knees

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 boycott brought Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to prominence and improved the lives of all black Americans. Based on extensive interviews conducted over decades and culled from thousands of exclusive documents, this behind-the-scenes examination details the history of violence and abuse on the city buses. A look at Martin Luther King Jr.'s trial, an examination of how black and white lawyers worked together to overturn segregation in the courtroom, and even firsthand accounts from the segregationists who bombed the homes of some of Montgomery's most progressive ministers are included. This fast-moving story reads like a legal thriller but is based solely on documented facts and firsthand accounts, presenting the compelling and never-before-told stories of the beginning of the end of segregation.


"A wonderful collaboration. This is a fascinating new look at the story." —Montgomery Advertiser

"A must read for every Montgomerian." —The Montgomery Independent

"The Thunder of Angels tells the real story of the people involved in the Montgomery bus boycott.."  —Vernon Jordan

"An essential book for more fully understanding how the walls came tumblin' down."  —Studs Terkel

"Donnie Williams and Wayne Greenhaw find the history that haunts us, and write it smart, sharp, and hard."  —Rick Bragg


"A thoroughly researched and meticulously written account."  —Denver Post 

"Poignant and thorough."  —

 "A powerful, behind-the-scenes view."  —The Bulletin

Author Biography

Donnie Williams inherited the bus made famous by Rosa Parks; in 2003 he sold it to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. He has spent many years interviewing those who witnessed and participated in the boycott. Wayne Greenhaw is the critically acclaimed author of 17 books, including Beyond the Night, My Heart Is in the Earth, and The Spider's Web. His work has appeared in The Miami Herald, The New York Times, and Reader's Digest. They both live in Montgomery, Alabama.