Taylor Branch an American author and historian best known for his award-winning trilogy of books chronicling the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the history of the American civil rights movement. The third and final volume of the 2,912-page trilogy â€” collectively called America in the King Years â€” was released in January 2006. Branch is a graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned a Masters in Public Administration from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Branch has served in different capacities at a number of publications including The Washington Monthly, Harperâ€™s and Esquire Magazine. He received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement in 2008.