- Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King
King does an excellent job with this book, a story that feels like a real-life version of To Kill a Mockingbird. It is in-depth and clearly extensively researched. It reads much like a novel, with well-developed portraits of Marshall and others involved in the Groveland case. King develops a well-constructed portrait of a culture dominated by racism in both the general community and in law enforcement institutions.
I found it particularly interesting to read Devil at the same time as race issues are being raised by the death of an unarmed black teenage boy at the hands of a neighborhood watch vigilante. It gives the reader a lot to think about and I think it would be an excellent addition to classes on race issues in America in the 1940s and 1950s. Recommended to anyone with an interest in race relations, even those who don't consider themselves history buffs. Four and a half stars, rounded up for being a readable and accessible history.