The Audies: APA History Winner Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King

June is Audiobook Month and I’m excited to be apart of the @Audiobook Community’s #audiobook campaign. I have 1 copy of Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King Read by Peter Francis James courtesy of Hachette Audio — winner of #Audies2014 History Audiobook of the Year Award — to giveaway.

Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King
Published by Harper | Audio by Hachette Audio
Narrated by Peter Francis James | 17 hours 57 minutes

Devil in the Grove is the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.

Arguably the most important American lawyer of the twentieth century, Thurgood Marshall was on the verge of bringing the landmark suitBrown v. Board of Education before the U.S. Supreme Court when he became embroiled in an explosive and deadly 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. To maintain order and profits, they turned to Willis V. McCall, a violent sheriff who ruled Lake County with murderous resolve. When a white seventeen-year-old Groveland girl cried rape, McCall was fast on the trail of four young blacks who dared to envision a future for themselves beyond the citrus groves. By day’s end, the Ku Klux Klan had rolled into town, burning the homes of blacks to the ground and chasing hundreds into the swamps, hell-bent on lynching the young men who came to be known as “the Groveland Boys.”

And so began the chain of events that would bring Thurgood Marshall, the man known as “Mr. Civil Rights,” into the deadly fray. Associates thought it was suicidal for him to wade into the “Florida Terror” at a time when he was irreplaceable to the burgeoning civil rights movement, but the lawyer would not shrink from the fight—not after the Klan had murdered one of Marshall’s NAACP associates involved with the case and Marshall had endured continual threats that he would be next.

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, King shines new light on this remarkable civil rights crusader, setting his rich and driving narrative against the heroic backdrop of a case that U.S. Supreme Court justice Robert Jackson decried as “one of the best examples of one of the worst menaces to American justice. (Source: Goodreads)

Gilbert King has many other books under his belt, but he making a name for himself by shedding light on important moments in the Civil Rights era. While researching his book The Execution of Willie Francis: Race, Murder, and the Search for Justice in the American South, Gilbert stumbled upon some of Thurgood Marshall’s correspondence and was instantly intrigued at his resourcefulness and doggedness. He knew that Marshall’s story needed to be told.

Peter Francis James is a famous actor and voice-over artist with over 45 audiobooks to his credit. His backlist includes great classics, like Things Fall Apart and  Old Yeller. He has also lent his voice to the works of Ann Patchett and Sandra Brown.


DON’T MISS OUT ON THE GIVEAWAY! I wonder if I can enter my own? The more I read about it on Gilbert King’s website the more I want it for myself. I wish you all luck.

Don’t forget to head over to the Audio Gals tomorrow to enter the Audie NonFiction Giveaway.


3 responses to “The Audies: APA History Winner Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King

  1. It does sound totally fascinating :)

  2. Pingback: Giveaway – Non-Fiction 2014 Audie Winner » AudioGals

  3. This sounds really interesting! I hadn’t heard of this before, so thanks for introducing me to it!

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