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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.
Excellent book. In spite of having lived through the times covered in the book the extent of the evil in the justice system in the south still shocks me.Published 21 hours ago by Grand Poobah
This is a very well written book that should be read by everyone... just so it doesn't happen again.Published 5 days ago by Carolyn Stanton
One of the most thorough, well-researched, grippingly written nonfiction books I've ever read. Highly recommend it!Published 5 days ago by Angela McCalla
A truly great achievement. King writes beautifully in his coverage of the scourge of south. Shocking, often infuriating, and always compelling.Published 6 days ago by Mark James
I didn't know how Thurgood Marshall got himself in so much trouble. But he was a good man and made some changes.Published 8 days ago by John W. Carveth
From cover to cover a tough book to put down. Justice is not for all. Knew nothing about any of this and I feel am a better person for reading it. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Matt
Very tough read, I didn't really find it nearly as interesting as I would have hoped. Yes the topic was interesting, but I found that the read became a real slog to get through.Published 8 days ago by MBC25
Excellent book. Hard to believe this was the US just 60years ago.Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer