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Devil in the Grove is the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.
Arguably the most important American lawyer of the twentieth century, Thurgood Marshall was on the verge of bringing the landmark suit Brown v. Board of Education before the U.S. Supreme Court when he became embroiled in a case that threatened to change the course of the civil rights movement and cost him his life.
In 1949, Florida's orange industry was booming, and citrus barons got rich on the backs of cheap Jim Crow labor with the help of Sheriff Willis V. McCall, who ruled Lake County with murderous resolve. When a white seventeen-year-old girl cried rape, McCall pursued four young blacks who dared envision a future for themselves beyond the groves. The Ku Klux Klan joined the hunt, hell-bent on lynching the men who came to be known as "the Groveland Boys."
Associates thought it was suicidal for Marshall to wade into the "Florida Terror," but the young lawyer would not shrink from the fight despite continuous death threats against him.
Drawing on a wealth of never-before-published material, including the FBI's unredacted Groveland case files, as well as unprecedented access to the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund files, Gilbert King shines new light on this remarkable civil rights crusader.
The author is a master story teller and the book reads like a superbly written novel.
It is a very human story of a terrible time in our nation's history and many people who sacrificed to make things better.
The Devil in the Grove is the true story of Thurgood Marshall and an amazing case he handled in Florida in the 1950's.
Absolutely riveting history of life in the deep south and one of America's true heroes. I knew Thurgood Marshall was smart, but did not understand how brave he and his colleagues... Read morePublished 11 days ago by John
Well written book but very depressing story. I live in Lake county. Happy to report things have changed. - Ralph BaileyPublished 13 days ago by joan bailey
This book should be required reading for all. It is masterfully written like a mystery novel.
King writes about an evil time and many evil people. Read more
This was a bit of history of which I was unaware and it is presented beautifully (or tragically) in a masterful format that captures the moods and emotions of the then not... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Stan Rosenberg
I enjoyed reading the history. Racism is a true cancer in our society. I did not enjoy the authors writing. He seemed to jump all over the place. Read morePublished 19 days ago by pal
This was a story that is hard to read, as I'm sure most from the Civil Rights Era are, but it is a must read. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Mary N. Healy
Absolutely wonderful. This book is incredibly well written and tells the story in amazing detail. I highly recommend this book.Published 24 days ago by Dana
Fascinating and riveting . I was only 4 years old when the story takes place and have no memory of news reports on the subject, although I do remember Mr Marshall's name layer... Read morePublished 25 days ago by K. Cav