The 1923 destruction of the town of Rosewood, Florida, is a shocking episode in the history of American race relations. In a week of terror that followed the alleged rape of a white woman, at least six residents of the mostly black town were murdered. The terrified survivors were chased into the swamps, and their houses, churches, and stores burned. For over 60 years, the former citizens of Rosewood lived quietly with their grief and fear. Finally, through the determined efforts of Rosewood descendants, persistent journalists, and talented lawyers, the long-buried story was brought to light, and the survivors and their families were compensated with a $2 million payment of restitution from the state of Florida. Journalist D'Orso's considerable storytelling talents provide a gripping account of Rosewood and the shameful history of lynching in the South. Extensive interviews illustrate both the tragic aftermath for the victims of Rosewood and the sense of release that they felt when their sufferings were finally honored. A John Singleton film currently in production will bring new attention to the Rosewood tragedy. Public and academic libraries, particularly in Florida, will find this an essential purchase.-Kathy Arsenault, Univ. of South Florida, St. Petersburg, Lib.