Note: Supplemental materials are not guaranteed with Rental purchases.


You may extend rentals at any time.

An Idea Whose Time Has Come Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Ac...

ISBN: 9781250062468 | 1250062462
Edition: Reprint
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Picador
Pub. Date: 3/31/2015

Why Rent from Knetbooks?

Because Knetbooks knows college students. Our rental program is designed to save you time and money. Whether you need a textbook for a semester, quarter or even a summer session, we have an option for you. Simply select a rental period, enter your information and your book will be on its way!

Top 5 reasons to order all your textbooks from Knetbooks:

  • We have the lowest prices on thousands of popular textbooks
  • Free shipping both ways on ALL orders
  • Most orders ship within 48 hours
  • Need your book longer than expected? Extending your rental is simple
  • Our customer support team is always here to help

"Worthy, timely, and intelligent."--The New Yorker

It was a turbulent time in America--a time of sit-ins, freedom rides, a March on Washington, and a governor standing in the schoolhouse door--when John F. Kennedy sent Congress a bill to outlaw racial discrimination. Countless civil rights measures had died on Capitol Hill in the past. But this one was different because, as one influential senator put it, it was "an idea whose time has come."
In a powerful narrative layered with revealing detail, Todd S. Purdum tells the story of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, recreating the legislative maneuvering and the larger-than-life characters who made its passage possible, from the Kennedy brothers to Lyndon Johnson, from Martin Luther King Jr. to Hubert Humphrey and Everett Dirksen. Drawing on extensive archival research and dozens of new interviews, Purdum brings to life this signal achievement in American history and stands as a lesson for our own troubled times about what is possible when patience, bipartisanship, and decency rule the day.

Please wait while this item is added to your cart...