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

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18 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

I thought this book was going to too dark and violent for my tas

I thought this book was going to too dark and violent for my tastes, but I was wrong. This book is masterful in the way the author changes pace, alternating between history and heartstopping drama. At turns, King describes with great clarity the citrus economy, or the...
I thought this book was going to too dark and violent for my tastes, but I was wrong. This book is masterful in the way the author changes pace, alternating between history and heartstopping drama. At turns, King describes with great clarity the citrus economy, or the corruption in Florida politics that set the state for a story like Groveland. Other times, he takes great care to deliver the shocking plot twists, usually the result of Sheriff Willis McCall's racism. But the book presents a balanced look at the characters who are caught in "the Dawn of a New America" where the times are changing in Florida. That's what's so amazing about this story. Thurgood Marshall was right at the center of these changes not just in Florida, but across the country. And it all plays out in the shadowy land the author calls, south of the South.

Devil in the Grove is one of the best books I've read in a long, long time. Part of why I liked it so much is it brings a bit of glory and recognition to the lawyers in this story from the NAACP, black and white, who put their lives on the line. Yes, their lives were literally on the line. One was even killed by the KKK at the start of the rape trial! I have to say that despite the heavy subject, I laughed several times while reading this book. Thurgood Marshall had a wonderful sense of humor on display and the trial is such a farce, with the prosecutor making a mockery of every defense witness, that it was hard not to bust out laughing, thinking that some of these things really happened in an American courtroom in the 20th century. Highly recommended.

posted by SarahTurn on March 24, 2012

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2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

This book is very chilling and highly scary i would not recommen

This book is very chilling and highly scary i would not recommended this book to anyone but horror book readers.

posted by KRSOneMB on October 5, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Some history we should all know about

    Sometimes it gets into a lot of detail but the detail is necessary for the story. I can't believe we used to (and some still do) have beliefs like this. A real eye opener and the true meaning of courage.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    Excellent!

    This is a story everyone needs to read! My only complaint is that the dates and order of events (mostly ancillary events rather than the main story line) were confusing, especially for the first half of the book. It is a trite expression that if we don't know our history we are bound to repeat it. But as I read this book I couldn't help but think how applicable that is to the Groveland boys-- all Americans need to know this story so that this kind of injustice will never be tolerated again.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    Recommended

    Very informative look at the pre-civil rights South and the struggles of some courageous people.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2012

    compelling history

    The author takes the reader back to Lake County, Florida 55 to 60 years ago. The stories about Thurgood Marshall in the era before the Supreme Court and even before Brown v. Board of Education are fascinating. A slice of this country's history that many do not fully appreciate. I am sure other authors have covered this history, and I am no authority in the area, but I will say, if this author is making anything up or stretching the truth about the corruption of law enforcement in central Florida to tell a better, more shocking tale, he sure has an effective way of writing with the appearance of credibility.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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