Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King

Devil in the Grove

By Gilbert King

  • Publication Date: 2012-03-06
  • Genre: United States
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 67 Ratings)

Book Summary

Devil in the Grove, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction, is a gripping true story of racism, murder, rape, and the law. It brings to light one of the most dramatic court cases in American history, and offers a rare and revealing portrait of Thurgood Marshall that the world has never seen before.

As Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns did for the story of America’s black migration, Gilbert King’s Devil in the Grove does for this great untold story of American legal history, a dangerous and uncertain case from the days immediately before Brown v. Board of Education in which the young civil rights attorney Marshall risked his life to defend a boy slated for the electric chair—saving him, against all odds, from being sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit.

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Book Opinions

  • Justice Thurgood Marshall is what legends are made of

    5
    By Natacha Fontaine
    This is a brilliantly written piece of African American history and our civil rights leaders.
  • Stunning!

    5
    By rottenflower
    A remarkable bit of history that should be widely shared. We shouldn't run from our past, but seek to understand it and grow from it. This book evoked both sadness and anger in me.
  • A thrilling, inspiring story of courage & tenacity in the long struggle for racial equality

    5
    By osavage
    This story of a long-forgotten milepost on the road to racial equality (that we're still traveling) was an astounding read. The Pulitzer was richly deserved. Bravo, Mr. King!
  • Devil in the Grove

    5
    By Sweaty Dog
    One of the best books I've read in a long time...and I've read a few over the years (decades would be more to the point). I couldn't put it down. Keep up the good work Mr. King.
  • Mt

    5
    By Noonerrally
    Absolutely compelling; chilling, horrific, scary, heart rending, a real page turner. What a massive tribute to a tireless advocate! Should be a must read!

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