Taylor Branch is best known for his prizewinning trilogy chronicling the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. The first volume, Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63, won the Pulitzer Prize for History and the National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-Fiction in 1988. The subesquent two volumes, and Pillar of Fire and At Canaan's Edge also went on to win numerous awards. The author of two other nonfiction books and a novel, Branch is a former staff member of The Washington Monthly, Harper's, and Esquire. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.