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.
Thurgood Marshall is one of the most prominent African Americans of all times yet he gets very little coverage. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Margo Jones
The author tells this story wonderfully! Best writing I've read in a long time. He keeps the reader in the edge of her seat.Published 2 days ago by Travel Fan
Wonderful book. Very timely in light of recent events ... a reminder of how far we've come but how intense racial animosity can be.Published 5 days ago by Richard
Very interesting and well written history of this part of Thurgood Marshall's life. It's hard to fathom some of the attitudes and actions that took place not that long ago.Published 15 days ago by Trudy J. Seeley
An excellent book about a sad part of American history. I knew little of Thurgood Marshall beyond his presence on the Supreme Court. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Donald M. Stanley
Excellent writing. Written in the style of a crime thriller. So many unknown facts about Marshall and the Naacp that you have to wonder why this is not covered in public schools. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Amazon junkie
Fantastic in-depth look at Thurgood Marshall, Civil Rights, Racism, etc. Also, it was very well written and I had a hard time putting it down.Published 24 days ago by Kevin L. Mulder