One of his six favorite books about political movements, as told to The Week magazine:
Parting the Waters by Taylor BranchRead about another book on Beckerman's list.
The first volume of Branch's mammoth, brilliant biography of Martin Luther King Jr. does much, much more than tell us about the man. Branch manages to draw in every significant 1960s character and bit of zeitgeist, placing King in the full context of his times. Any book on a social movement needs to measure itself against Branch's achievement.