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

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

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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • S.J. Creek

    I was excited to read this, hoping for a dynamic grappling with the legacy of George Wallace by his daughter. Instead, this memoir was a frustratingly passive, inadequate reflection on his long reign ...

  • Cleveland Thornton

    I write to comment on the post about this book being revisionist history. It is not and the commentator who made that statement did not read the book or knows little of the history of that period. I d...

  • Sarah

    From a writing perspective I would give this book a 3 or 4 stars. I am not sure, but I believe this is her first book, a memoir of growing up in the deep south with a politically driven father whose r...

  • Tom

    The Broken Road: George Wallace and a Daughter’s Journey to Reconciliation by Peggy Wallace KennedyThe Broken Road is a wonderfully written memoir by the second child of George Wallace and Lurleen W...

  • Katrina

    This is a disjointed mix of memoir and a revisionist biography of the segregationist/bigot George Wallace. Her father was a horrible man, who created tremendous amounts of pain and suffering on at lea...