Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King audiobook

Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America

By Gilbert King
Read by Peter Francis James

HarperAudio
17.89 Hours Unabridged
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize “A must-read, cannot-put-down history.” — Thomas Friedman, New York Times 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 black men 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.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction

A New York Times bestseller

Winner of the 2014 Audie Award for History

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

A 2013 Chautauqua Prize Finalist

A 2013 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Fact Crime

A Boston Globe Book of the Year for 2012

A Christian Science Monitor Book of the Year for 2012

A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title” for Nonfiction, March 2012

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

“A must-read, cannot-put-down history.” — Thomas Friedman, New York Times

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 black men 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A taut, intensely readable narrative.” Boston Globe
“[An] excellent telling of one of the most difficult cases Thurgood Marshall ever argued…An important, and hopefully never forgotten, chapter of American history.” Seattle Times
“Suspenseful and historically meticulous.” Christian Science Monitor
“Delivers the shock of a crime thriller.” Associated Press
“Peter Francis James offers a solid and, at times, compelling narration. His even tone heightens the almost unfathomable racism that drove whites to preserve their primacy. James also is effective when he uses a more colloquial style of speech for direct quotations…James’ reading makes the work even more visceral in its impact. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“A powerful and well-told drama of Southern injustice.” Chicago Tribune
“A chilling, atmospheric narrative that reads more like a Southern Gothic novel than a work of history.” Salon
“Deeply researched and superbly composed.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Very few books combine the depth of research and narrative power about a subject of such pivotal significance.” Ira Katznelson, author of When Affirmative Action Was White
“In the terrifying story of the Groveland boys Gilbert King re-creates an extraordinary moment in America’s long, hard struggle for racial justice. Devil in the Grove is a harrowing, haunting, utterly mesmerizing book.” Kevin Boyle, author of Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age
“The tragic Groveland saga—with its Faulknerian echoes of racial injustice spinning around an accusation of rape—comes astonishingly alive in Gilbert King’s narrative. It is both heartbreaking and unforgettable.” Wil Haygood, author of King of the Cats: The Life and Times of Adam Clayton Powell Jr.

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Author Bio: Gilbert King

Author Bio: Gilbert King

Gilbert King is the author of the Pulitzer Prize–winner Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013. His other books include The Execution of Willie Francis and Beneath a Ruthless Sun. He has written about US Supreme Court history for the New York Times and the Washington Post and is a featured contributor to Smithsonian magazine’s history blog, Past Imperfect.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 17.89
Audience: Adult
Language: English