The Broken Road: George Wallace and a Daughter’s Journey to Reconciliation

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From the daughter of one of America's most virulent segregationists, a memoir that reckons with her father George Wallace's legacy of hate--and illuminates her journey towards redemption.

In the summer of 1963, Peggy Wallace Kennedy was a young girl watching her father stand in a schoolhouse door as he tried to block two African-American students from entering the University of Alabama. This man, former governor of Alabama and presidential candidate George Wallace, was notorious for his hateful rhetoric and his political stunts. But he was also a larger-than-life father to young Peggy, who was taught to smile, sit straight, and not speak up as her father took to the political stage. At the end of his life, Wallace came to renounce his views, although he could never attempt to fully repair the damage he caused. But Peggy, after her own political awakening, dedicated her life to spreading the new Wallace message-one of peace and compassion.

In this powerful new memoir, Peggy looks back on the politics of her youth and attempts to reconcile her adored father with the man who coined the phrase “Segregation now. Segregation tomorrow. Segregation forever.”

Timely and timeless, The Broken Road speaks to change, atonement, activism, and racial reconciliation.

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  • Viral

    Thanks to Bloomsbury for the ARC at BEA 2019.TLDR: this book is revisionist history designed to protect the Wallace legacy, don't read it.This book is Peggy Wallace Kennedy's memoir of growing up with...

  • Jill Meyer

    In November, 2008, soon after the Obama presidential victory, I read an article in - I think, "USA Today" - written by Peggy Wallace Kennedy. Wallace Kennedy was the daughter of Governors George and L...

  • Don

    Releases on December 3, 2019, I read an advanced reader copy from the publisher. Not what I expected, which I think was more introspection of Ms. Wallace Kennedy's own part in growing up as George Wal...

  • Donna Davis

    “I was perhaps Daddy’s most important legacy of all.” Thanks go to Bloomsbury and Net Galley for the review copy, which I read free and early in exchange for this honest review. I was a child du...

  • Maria-Anne

    This book was an education for me. Born the same year as Peggy I fell a connection in historical data. You often wonder about the children of politicians and how they feel about what is going on. Pegg...

  • Catherine

    I was lucky enough to meet Peggy Wallace Kennedy in Montgomery recently at a short talk regarding this book that she and her husband, Justice Kennedy, gave at Read Herring bookstore. She spoke straigh...

  • Tom Schulte

    [I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]This memoir by George Wallace's daughter covers an arc from an unaware child to an adult woman ...

  • Bookreporter.com Biography & Memoir

    George Wallace, the four-time governor of Alabama, was a controversial figure by any reckoning. His daughter, Peggy Wallace Kennedy, seeks to smooth some of his edges for posterity’s sake, and for o...

  • Kate

    An interesting look inside the family that benefitted most from George Wallace’s racist rhetoric. Rhetoric that lit the dynamite in the church that killed four African-American girls: Addie Mae Coll...

  • Mary Barrow

    Peggy Wallace Kennedy’s memoir, 'The Broken Road',transcends family loyalty by providing truth and moral guidelines for her sons, for her grandchildren and for the archives of American history. This...