The Supreme Court's decision Brown v. Board of Education is widely considered the milestone victory of the civil rights movement, but it was actually the culmination of decades-long legal campaign, brilliantly and relentlessly waged. Root and Branch is the epic story of the two fiercely dedicated lawyers who led that fight, from country courthouses to the marble halls of the Supreme Court.
“A Washington lawyer, [James] moves nimbly through the complex legal issues Houston and his team raised. To add a poignant touch, he interweaves Houston's and Marshall's powerful personal stories. And he gives their campaign a stirringly triumphal arc, the story of a whole nation being forced -- by the fierce will of two learned men -- to overcome.”
–The Washington Post