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- Print Length: 453 pages
- Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (March 6, 2012)
- Publication Date: February 20, 2013
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005MMO0IY
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,179 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Superb." (Junot Diaz, author of This Is How You Lose Her)"A powerful and well-told drama of Southern injustice." (The Chicago Tribune)
"Devil in the Grove is a compelling look at the case thatforged Thurgood Marshall's perception of himself as a crusader for civil rights. . . . King's style [is] at once suspenseful and historicallymeticulous" (Christian Science Monitor)
"Recreates an important yet overlooked moment in American history with a chilling, atmospheric narrative that reads more like a Southern Gothicnovel than a work of history." (Salon)
"A taut, intensely readable narrative." (Boston Globe)
"A thoroughgoing study of one of the most important civil-rights casesargued by Thurgood Marshall in dismantling Jim Crow strictures. . . .Deeply researched and superbly composed." (Kirkus Reviews (starred review) )"
In the terrifying story of the Groveland boys Gilbert King recreates an extraordinary moment in America's long, hard struggle for racialjustice. 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)
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I've been trying to learn more about what happened to the people involved beyond that. According to Wikipedia, Moore's daughter Evangeline became a civil rights activist herself and passed away in 2015. Walter Irvin apparently died in 1967 or 69. BUT WHAT I WANT TO KNOW is whatever happened to Norma Padgett - she was 17 in 1949, 10 years older than myself, so she might very well still be alive and well somewhere. She started the whole Groveland tragedy and, it seems, has just slipped through the cracks of history. If she was never called upon to answer for her actions, I would really really love to find out if she at least ever had regrets. Mr. King, can you shed any light on Norma???
I did have the audiobook with my Kindle edition, the narration is great.
I recommend this book.
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One thing I did find interesting is King's portrayal of Thurgood Marshall. He wasn't perfect. He stood for great things and he did great things, but in his personal life he was less than inspiring. It certainly brings complexity to his character. Plus, on the back of the book Marshall gets all the credit for fighting the dangerous battle in Lake County for the Groveland boys, yet he really only entered the case towards the end. Most of the real dangerous work was carried out by his colleague Franklin Williams. Williams should have been given more credit.
That said, this book is a must read for anyone interested in American history, and of course, the history of race relations in the US. But it is worth a read even if you are not an amateur historian. It reads fast and is definitely better than fiction.
The story of 'The Groveland Boys' is shocking in the extreme, and Gilbert King tells it in a way that allows us to draw our own conclusions as to the magnitude of the crimes that were committed by government, officials and individuals in equal measure. In short, crimes committed by nearly everyone involved ,other than those poor boys themselves.
This book is a clear reminder for us all of the dangers of what evils can still lurk within us all.
No one can read this and not be moved.