William Edward Burghardt Du Bois—the premier architect of the civil rights movement in America—was a towering and controversial personality, a fiercely proud individual blessed with the language of the poet and the impatience of the agitator. Here David Levering Lewis has condensed his two-volume, double Pulitzer Prize–winning biography of this monumental figure into a single updated volume. In his magisterial prose, Lewis chronicles Du Bois's long and storied career, detailing the momentous contributions to our national character that still echo today.
"A remarkable study.... Mr. Lewis so vividly evokes the environments that shaped Du Bois that one almost participates in the life."—NYTBR