Devil in the Grove Book
Score: 4
From 27 Ratings

Devil in the Grove


  • Author : Gilbert King
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2012-03-06
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062097712

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Devil in the Grove Excerpt :

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize “A must-read, cannot-put-down history.” — Thomas Friedman, New York Times Arguably the most important American lawyer of the twentieth century, Thurgood Marshall was on the verge of bringing the landmark suit Brown v. Board of Education before the U.S. Supreme Court when he became embroiled in a case that threatened to change the course of the civil rights movement and cost him his life. In 1949, Florida's orange industry was booming, and citrus barons got rich on the backs of cheap Jim Crow labor with the help of Sheriff Willis V. McCall, who ruled Lake County with murderous resolve. When a white seventeen-year-old girl cried rape, McCall pursued four young black men who dared envision a future for themselves beyond the groves. The Ku Klux Klan joined the hunt, hell-bent on lynching the men who came to be known as "the Groveland Boys." Associates thought it was suicidal for Marshall to wade into the "Florida Terror," but the young lawyer would not shrink from the fight despite continuous death threats against him. Drawing on a wealth of never-before-published material, including the FBI's unredacted Groveland case files, as well as unprecedented access to the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund files, Gilbert King shines new light on this remarkable civil rights crusader.

Thurgood Marshall Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

Thurgood Marshall


  • Author : Juan Williams
  • Publisher : Crown
  • Release Date : 2011-06-22
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 505
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307786128

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Thurgood Marshall Excerpt :

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK • The definitive biography of the great lawyer and Supreme Court justice, from the bestselling author of Eyes on the Prize “Magisterial . . . in Williams’ richly detailed portrait, Marshall emerges as a born rebel.”—Jack E. White, Time Thurgood Marshall was the twentieth century’s great architect of American race relations. His victory in the Brown v. Board of Education decision, the landmark Supreme Court case outlawing school segregation in the United States, would have made him a historic figure even if he had never been appointed as the first African-American to serve on the Supreme Court. He had a fierce will to change America, which led to clashes with Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcom X, and Robert F. Kennedy. Most surprising was Marshall’s secret and controversial relationship with the FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover. Based on eight years of research and interviews with over 150 sources, Thurgood Marshall is the sweeping and inspirational story of an enduring figure in American life who rose from the descendants of slaves to become an American hero.

Highway of Tears Book
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

Highway of Tears


  • Author : Jessica McDiarmid
  • Publisher : Doubleday Canada
  • Release Date : 2019-09-24
  • Genre: True Crime
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780385687584

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Highway of Tears Excerpt :

A searing and revelatory account of the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls of Highway 16, and an indictment of the society that failed them. For decades, Indigenous women and girls have gone missing or been found murdered along an isolated stretch of highway in northwestern British Columbia. The highway is known as the Highway of Tears, and it has come to symbolize a national crisis. Journalist Jessica McDiarmid investigates the devastating effect these tragedies have had on the families of the victims and their communities, and how systemic racism and indifference have created a climate where Indigenous women and girls are over-policed, yet under-protected. Through interviews with those closest to the victims—mothers and fathers, siblings and friends—McDiarmid offers an intimate, first-hand account of their loss and relentless fight for justice. Examining the historically fraught social and cultural tensions between settlers and Indigenous peoples in the region, McDiarmid links these cases to others across Canada—now estimated to number up to 4,000—contextualizing them within a broader examination of the undervaluing of Indigenous lives in this country. Highway of Tears is a powerful story about our ongoing failure to provide justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and a testament to their families and communities' unwavering determination to find it.

Thurgood Marshall Book

Thurgood Marshall


  • Author : Glenn L. Starks
  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Release Date : 2012
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 145
  • ISBN 10 : 9780313349164

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Thurgood Marshall Excerpt :

This book provides a detailed examination of the life and legal legacy of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, including a discussion of the many legal cases in which he was involved. * A chronological timeline of the life of Thurgood Marshall * A bibliography provides useful references

The Devil I Know Book
Score: 3
From 2 Ratings

The Devil I Know


  • Author : Claire Kilroy
  • Publisher : Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2014-01-28
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 386
  • ISBN 10 : 9780802122377

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The Devil I Know Excerpt :

In exile after being ousted from the family castle, recovering alcoholic Tristram St. Lawrence finds himself back in Dublin when an old acquaintance pitches a development project that his sponsor, a mysterious businessman, supports.

Thurgood Marshall Book

Thurgood Marshall


  • Author : Chris Crowe
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2008-07-03
  • Genre: Young Adult Nonfiction
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9781440638794

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Thurgood Marshall Excerpt :

Thurgood Marshall changed American history by challenging it. In the first half of the twentieth century, African Americans were often treated as second-class citizens and subject to Jim Crow laws, which promoted both racism and segregation. This is the world that Marshall grew up in, and he became a lawyer to change it. As the head counsel for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), he helped take the famous Brown v. Board of Education all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. And in an outcome surprising even to him, the court unanimously ruled to end segregation in schools. Thurgood Marshall had become a hero.

Outwitting the Devil Book
Score: 4.5
From 4 Ratings

Outwitting the Devil


  • Author : Napoleon Hill
  • Publisher : Sharon Lechter
  • Release Date : 2011
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 30
  • ISBN 10 : 978186723xxxx

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Outwitting the Devil Excerpt :

Originally written in 1938 but never published due to its controversial nature, an insightful guide reveals the seven principles of good that will allow anyone to triumph over the obstacles that must be faced in reaching personal goals.

Showdown Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

Showdown


  • Author : Wil Haygood
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2016-08-09
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 418
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307947376

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Showdown Excerpt :

Over the course of his forty-year career, Thurgood Marshall brought down the separate-but-equal doctrine, integrated schools, and not only fought for human rights and human dignity but also made them impossible to deny in the courts and in the streets. In this galvanizing biography, award-winning author Wil Haygood uses the framework of the dramatic, contentious five-day Senate hearing to confirm Marshall as the first African-American Supreme Court justice, to weave a provocative and moving look at Marshall’s life as well as at the politicians, lawyers, activists, and others who shaped—or desperately tried to stop—the civil rights movement. An authoritative account of one of the most transformative justices of the twentieth century, Showdown makes clear that it is impossible to overestimate Thurgood Marshall’s lasting influence on the racial politics of our nation.

The Devil Tree Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

The Devil Tree


  • Author : Jerzy Kosinski
  • Publisher : Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
  • Release Date : 2007-12-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9780802199515

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The Devil Tree Excerpt :

A searing novel from a writer of international stature, The Devil Tree is a tale that combines the existential emptiness of Camus's The Stranger with the universe of international playboys, violence, and murder of Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley. Jonathan Whalen's life has been determined from the start by the immense fortune of his father, a steel tycoon. Whalen's childlike delight in power and status mask a greater need, a desire to feel life intensely, through drugs, violence, sex, and attempts at meaningful connection with other people — whether lovers or the memory of his dead parents. But the physical is all that feels real to him, and as he embarks on a journey to Africa with his godparents, Whalen's embrace of amoral thrill accelerates toward ultimate fulfillment. Now in a Grove Press paperback, Kosinski's classic, acclaimed as "an impressive novel ... it should confirm Jerzy Kosinki's position as one of our most significant writers" — Newsweek "Savage ... [Whalen is] a foolproof, timeless American character." — Mary Ellin Barrett, Cosmopolitan

Legal Lynching  the Sad Saga of the Groveland Four Book

Legal Lynching the Sad Saga of the Groveland Four


  • Author : Gary Corsair
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2012-07-23
  • Genre: Discrimination in criminal justice administration
  • Pages : 420
  • ISBN 10 : 1478288825

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Legal Lynching the Sad Saga of the Groveland Four Excerpt :

First and only comprehensive analysis of the infamous Groveland, Florida rape case based on first-person interviews and extensive research. The true story (finally!) of a tragedy that began when a poor white girl accused four black men of rape.

The Devil s Own Book

The Devil s Own


  • Author : Liana LeFey
  • Publisher : Entangled: Amara
  • Release Date : 2021-06-14
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781649370006

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The Devil s Own Excerpt :

Lord Devlin Wayward is the gambler and dedicated rake. His identical twin, Daniel, is the good reverend. But when Devlin returns home after years away, he lands both himself and his twin in deep trouble. Now he has a broken leg and with an important deal that will make or break his fortune on the line, Devlin has only one choice: to swap places with his twin and mind his devout brother’s flock... Miss Mary Tomblin is taken with the devastatingly handsome reverend. He represents everything she desires in a husband. Mary knows she'll make him an excellent wife, but the vicar rebuffs every advance—until he suddenly accepts her help with pastoral duties while he recovers from his broken leg. And it’s a chance to show the good reverend just what he needs. Now the devil has taken on the role of village vicar. But being good is nowhere near as easy as it looks—especially when he falls for an angel who mistakes him for a saint.

Carter Beats the Devil Book
Score: 4
From 46 Ratings

Carter Beats the Devil


  • Author : Glen Gold
  • Publisher : Hachette Books
  • Release Date : 2001-12-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN 10 : 9780786870165

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Carter Beats the Devil Excerpt :

The response to Glen David Gold's debut novel, Carter Beats the Devil, was extraordinary. He hypnotized us with his portrait of a 1920s magic-obsessed America and of Charles Carter--a.k.a. Carter the Great--a young master performer whose skill as an illusionist exceeded even that of the great Houdini. Filled with historical references that evoke the excesses and exuberance of Roaring Twenties pre-Depression America, Carter Beats the Devil is a complex and illuminating story of one man's journey through a magical and sometimes dangerous world, where illusion is everything.

Manson in His Own Words Book
Score: 4.5
From 5 Ratings

Manson in His Own Words


  • Author : Charles Manson
  • Publisher : Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2007-12-01
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780802196385

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Manson in His Own Words Excerpt :

“Gives us a portrait close to the truth” of the man responsible for the Tate-LaBianca murders that changed Hollywood and ended the sixties (The New York Times Book Review). This astonishing book lays bare the life and the mind of a man whose acts have left us horrified. His story provides an enormous amount of new information about his life and how it led to the Tate-LaBianca murders and reminds us of the complexity of the human condition. Born in the middle of the Depression to an unmarried fifteen-year-old, Manson lived through a bewildering succession of changing homes and substitute parents, until his mother finally asked the state authorities to assume his care when he was twelve. Regimented and often brutalized in juvenile homes, Manson became immersed in a life of petty theft, pimping, jail terms, and court appearances that culminated in seven years of prison. Released in 1967, he suddenly found himself in the world of hippies and flower children, a world that not only accepted him, but even glorified his anti-establishment values. It was a combination that led, for reasons only Charles Manson can fully explain, to tragedy. Manson’s story, distilled from seven years of interviews and examinations of his correspondence, provides sobering insight into the making of a criminal mind, and a fascinating picture of the last years of the sixties. “A glimpse of part of the American experience that is rarely described from the inside . . . It compels both interest and horror.”—The Washington Post “Provides a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a truly dangerous human being.”—Los Angeles Herald Examiner

The Gentleman Book
Score: 4
From 9 Ratings

The Gentleman


  • Author : Forrest Leo
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2016-08-16
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780399562648

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The Gentleman Excerpt :

A funny, fantastically entertaining debut novel, in the spirit of Wodehouse and Monty Python, about a famous poet who inadvertently sells his wife to the devil--then recruits a band of adventurers to rescue her. When Lionel Savage, a popular poet in Victorian London, learns from his butler that they're broke, he marries the beautiful Vivien Lancaster for her money, only to find that his muse has abandoned him. Distraught and contemplating suicide, Savage accidentally conjures the Devil -- the polite "Gentleman" of the title -- who appears at one of the society parties Savage abhors. The two hit it off: the Devil talks about his home, where he employs Dante as a gardener; Savage lends him a volume of Tennyson. But when the party's over and Vivien has disappeared, the poet concludes in horror that he must have inadvertently sold his wife to the dark lord. Newly in love with Vivien, Savage plans a rescue mission to Hell that includes Simmons, the butler; Tompkins, the bookseller; Ashley Lancaster, swashbuckling Buddhist; Will Kensington, inventor of a flying machine; and Savage's spirited kid sister, Lizzie, freshly booted from boarding school for a "dalliance." Throughout, his cousin's quibbling footnotes to the text push the story into comedy nirvana. Lionel and his friends encounter trapdoors, duels, anarchist-fearing bobbies, the social pressure of not knowing enough about art history, and the poisonous wit of his poetical archenemy. Fresh, action-packed and very, very funny, The Gentleman is a giddy farce that recalls the masterful confections of P.G. Wodehouse and Hergé's beautifully detailed Tintin adventures.

Blood Grove Book
Score: 4.5
From 6 Ratings

Blood Grove


  • Author : Walter Mosley
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release Date : 2021-02-04
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781474616577

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Blood Grove Excerpt :

Ezekiel "Easy" Porterhouse Rawlins is an unlicensed private investigator turned hard-boiled detective always willing to do what it takes to get things done in the racially charged, dark underbelly of Los Angeles. But when Easy is approached by a shell-shocked Vietnam War veteran- a young white man who claims to have gotten into a fight protecting a white woman from a black man- he knows he shouldn't take the case. Though he sees nothing but trouble in the brooding ex-soldier's eyes, Easy, a vet himself, feels a kinship form between them. Easy embarks on an investigation that takes him from mountaintops to the desert, through South Central and into sex clubs and the homes of the fabulously wealthy, facing hippies, the mob, and old friends perhaps more dangerous than anyone else. Set against the social and political upheaval of the late 1960s, BLOOD GROVE is ultimately a story about survival, not only of the body but also the soul. Widely hailed as "incomparable" (Chicago Tribune) and "dazzling" (Tampa Bay Times), Walter Mosley proves that he's at the top of his game in this bold return to the endlessly entertaining series that has kept fans on their toes for years.