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Devil in the Grove

Annotation

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.



Awards
2013  Pulitzer Prize
2014  Audie Award

GenreNonFiction
Historical
Sociological
Biography
TopicsLawyers
African Americans
Civil rights movements
Rape
Murder
Ku Klux Klan
Racism
Criminal frame-ups
Criminal justice system
American history
Black history
SettingFlorida
Courtroom