Invisible by Stephen L. Carter audiobook

Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America's Most Powerful Mobster

By Stephen L. Carter
Read by Stephen L. Carter  and Karen Chilton

Macmillan Audio 9781250121974
12.65 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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Bestselling author Stephen L. Carter delves into his past and retrieves the inspiring story of his grandmother’s extraordinary life. She was black and a woman and a prosecutor, a graduate of Smith College and the granddaughter of slaves, as dazzlingly unlikely a combination as one could imagine in New York of the 1930s—and without the strategy she devised, Lucky Luciano, the most powerful Mafia boss in history, would never have been convicted. When special prosecutor Thomas E. Dewey selected twenty lawyers to help him clean up the city’s underworld, she was the only member of his team who was not a white male. Eunice Hunton Carter, Stephen Carter’s grandmother, was raised in a world of stultifying expectations about race and gender, yet by the 1940s, her professional and political successes had made her one of the most famous black women in America. But her triumphs were shadowed by prejudice and tragedy. Greatly complicating her rise was her difficult relationship with her younger brother, Alphaeus, an avowed Communist who—together with his friend Dashiell Hammett—would go to prison during the McCarthy era. Yet she remained unbowed. Moving, haunting, and as fast-paced as fiction, Invisible tells the true story of a woman who often found her path blocked by the social and political expectations of her time. But Eunice Carter never accepted defeat, and thanks to her grandson’s remarkable audiobook, her long forgotten story is once again visible.

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Summary

Summary

Bestselling author Stephen L. Carter delves into his past and retrieves the inspiring story of his grandmother’s extraordinary life.

She was black and a woman and a prosecutor, a graduate of Smith College and the granddaughter of slaves, as dazzlingly unlikely a combination as one could imagine in New York of the 1930s—and without the strategy she devised, Lucky Luciano, the most powerful Mafia boss in history, would never have been convicted. When special prosecutor Thomas E. Dewey selected twenty lawyers to help him clean up the city’s underworld, she was the only member of his team who was not a white male.

Eunice Hunton Carter, Stephen Carter’s grandmother, was raised in a world of stultifying expectations about race and gender, yet by the 1940s, her professional and political successes had made her one of the most famous black women in America. But her triumphs were shadowed by prejudice and tragedy. Greatly complicating her rise was her difficult relationship with her younger brother, Alphaeus, an avowed Communist who—together with his friend Dashiell Hammett—would go to prison during the McCarthy era. Yet she remained unbowed.

Moving, haunting, and as fast-paced as fiction, Invisible tells the true story of a woman who often found her path blocked by the social and political expectations of her time. But Eunice Carter never accepted defeat, and thanks to her grandson’s remarkable audiobook, her long forgotten story is once again visible.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A moving paean to female aspiration.” New Yorker
This is a listen you'd be forgiven for thinking is a work of fiction. As narrated by Karen Chilton, the real-life story of Manhattan District Attorney Eunice Carter is remarkable--both in its telling and in its history. Carter was an activist, an attorney, and one of the most notable women of her time, a time when few women worked outside the home, let alone became professionals...listening to Chilton's narration, you'll be enthralled with the author's research and his grandmother's amazing life. AudioFile"A really good biography, not only about Eunice Hunton Carter but that also delves into US history of racism and intersectional feminism.
“The reclamation of a key figure in recent American history. . . . Stephen L. Carter has revived his grandmother’s voice when we most need it, and with utmost urgency.” New York Times Book Review
“Carter brings to life the era when Eunice Carter faced formidable discrimination…forging ahead all the while to see that justice was done.” National Book Review
“As narrated by Karen Chilton, the real-life story of Manhattan District Attorney Eunice Carter is remarkable—both in its telling and in its history…Listening to Chilton’s narration, you’ll be enthralled with the author’s research and his grandmother’s amazing life.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Stephen L. Carter

Author Bio: Stephen L. Carter

Stephen L. Carter is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale, where he has taught for more than thirty years. He is also the author of seven acclaimed works of nonfiction and five bestselling novels. He has published dozens of articles in law reviews and many op-ed columns in the nation’s leading newspapers. He appears frequently on radio and television.

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Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 12.65
Audience: Adult
Language: English