Stephen Kendrick is the author of Holy Clues: The Gospel According to Sherlock Holmes and Night Watch (a novel). His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Hartford Current, American Heritage, Huffington Post, and Utne Reader. Paul Kendrick is a writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, American Heritage, Talking Points Memo, and Huffington Post. Together, they are the coauthors of Douglass and Lincoln: How a Revolutionary Black Leader and a Reluctant Liberator Struggled to End Slavery and Save the Union and Sarah's Long Walk: The Free Blacks of Boston and How Their Struggle for Equality Changed America.
This engrossing book about the events following Martin Luther King's imprisonment on the eve of the 1960 presidential election reveals the remarkable confluence of moral courage and shrewd political calculation that changed the course of American history. I decided to take a peek and then spent the rest of the day reading the entire book. A fascinating telling of a story that more people should know about. --Dr. Clayborne Carson, editor of the King Papers Project and The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr., and professor and founding director of the King Research and Education Institute at Stanford University Students in the Atlanta sit-in movement could not have foreseen how our actions would set the events in this book in motion. Nine Days is a detailed retelling of an episode in Civil Rights and American history that still reverberates today. --Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president emerita, Children's Defense Fund You can't comprehend Martin Luther King Jr.'s place in the civil rights crusade--or Jack Kennedy's razor-thin win over Dick Nixon in 1960--without understanding King's jailing just before the election. And you can't grasp the resonance of those nine long days and nights without reading (and relishing) Stephen and Paul Kendrick's extraordinary book. --Larry Tye, author of Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon and Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy Stephen and Paul Kendrick have written a phenomenal work that will live beyond our time and space. Nine Days is urgent, relevant, and historically accurate. I only wish some of my dear civil rights movement friends who have passed on could read this book's recounting of the history we made. --Reverend Otis Moss Jr., Atlanta Student Movement veteran and civil rights leader