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A Shot in the Moonlight: How a Freed Slave and a Confederate Soldier Fought for Justice in the Jim Crow South by [Ben Montgomery]

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Editorial Reviews


"A Shot in the Moonlight is a searing narrative, thoroughly engrossing and timelier than ever. With remarkable journalism and meticulous research, Ben Montgomery has passionately crafted a masterwork of nonfiction."
Gilbert King, Pulitzer prize-winning author of Devil in the Grove

“Ben Montgomery’s masterful retelling of George Dinning’s story reminds us that history is created by ordinary people who confront wrongdoing. This is a powerful portrayal of prejudice at its most depraved, humanity at its most determined, and a judicial system that can, at its best, address injustice.  It reminds us of what to hope for in our current troubled times.”
Lois Lowry, author of The Giver

"Ben Montgomery has unearthed and vigorously reported the traumatic and important story of a Black man who had the courage to shoot back. His storytelling and attention to time, context, and detail is nothing short of mesmerizing. This is the feat of one of the country's best nonfiction writers in the world today. A Shot in Moonlight is a challenge, a triumph."
RJ Young, author of Let It Bang: A Young Black Man's Reluctant Odyssey into Guns

“True racial reconciliation requires that America take a hard and honest look at its past, and, to that end, A Shot in the Moonlight is essential reading. Ben Montgomery brings his considerable skills as a writer and reporter to the story of George Dinning, a Black man who somehow survived vigilante violence and found justice in 1897 Kentucky. More broadly, in his elegant narrative, Montgomery lays bare the horrors and indignities of the Jim Crow era that remain foundational to the pain of today.”
Tim Madigan, author of The Burning: The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

About the Author

Ben Montgomery is a former enterprise reporter for the Tampa Bay Times and founder of the narrative journalism website In 2010, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting and won the Dart Award and Casey Medal for a series called "For Their Own Good," about abuse at Florida's oldest reform school. He lives in Tampa with his three children. He is the author of The Man Who Walked Backward, The Leper Spy, and Grandma Gatewood's Walk.
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • Publication date : January 26, 2021
  • Word Wise : Not Enabled
  • Print length : 304 pages
  • Publisher : Little, Brown Spark (January 26, 2021)
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  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B0881Y6TGZ

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