If you haven't read Gilbert King's account of racism in central Florida from the 1940's through the 1970's, do so now. In Beneath a Ruthless Sun, Sheriff McCall and his henchmen railroad a 19-year-old cognitively impaired young resident of Okahumpka, FL into the State Mental Hospital in Chattahoochee for a rape he did not commit. (It's impossible not to fall in love with the crusading reporter Mabel Norris Reese who forms the spine of the book.) But this story (and, I suspect, the author's Pulitzer Prize-winning title as well) is awash in the vilest, blackest racism this country has ever produced. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. In December 1957, the wife of a prominent citrus grower and businessman was raped in her home outside of Leesburg. Taken together, the two books present an unforgettable portrait of a ruthless sheriff, who considered himself above the law and was responsible for dozens of beatings and killings by his own hand or those of his deputies, as well as the railroading of innocent people. I was fortunate enough to get to meet Gilbert King and Richard Graham at an event sponsored by the Friends of the Library in Daytona Beach being held at the News Journal. Most of his victims were black, but poor whites were targets too, as well as anyone who dared question his authority. Curious enough to ask but not to buy, these types of books aren't for me. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Gilbert King tells the incredible story of how and why two of the most racist men in the world maintained their power, abused and murdered several black men and accused and imprisoned a young, white, mentally challenged young man for a crime he didn't commit. Captivating account of the railroading of a developmentally disabled man into the horrible Florida State Hospital at Chattahoochee for a crime he did not commit, and a comprehensive and thorough expose of the breathtaking corruption of Florida officials, including a sheriff and his deputy, and a state's attorney and judge. We’d love your help. NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST"Compelling, insightful and important, Beneath a Ruthless Sun exposes the corruption of racial bigotry and animus that shadows a community, a state and a nation. In December 1957, the wife of a prominent citrus grower and businessman was raped in her home outside of Leesburg. The poor whites were led to believe that the black were their enemy when it was the rich and powerful. Its difficult to give 5 stars to a book on this topic, but I think it deserves it. Jesse is subsequently committed without trial to the notorious state mental hospital at Chattahoochee. To be published in April. The twists and turns of the narrative will keep you up past your bedtime. King's writing is engaging and brisk - I would definitely recommend this book to others. Even with all that they had been through, they were the kindest, sweetest people I knew. When I began reading I made the assumption that I would be reading a true account of a case similar to the one depicted in To Kill a Mockingbird. This book covers the event and aftermath over a fifteen-year period. This was page turning from the start to the end! Devil in the Grove; Narrator. It is that shocking and horrible. However, days later it is “decided” that the perpetrator is an intellectually challenged nineteen year old white male. Entdecken Sie Beneath a Restless Sky von billy thin bei Amazon Music. Werbefrei streamen oder als CD und MP3 kaufen bei Amazon.de. He lives in Brooklyn, NY. .orange-text-color {color: #FE971E;} Discover additional details about the events, people, and places in your book, with Wikipedia integration. Beneath a Ruthless Sun A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found by Gilbert King To request a complimentary examination copy of Beneath a Ruthless Sun for course-adoption consideration, please complete the form below and click submit. Book Talk: "Beneath a Restless Sun" Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Devil in the Grove, Gilbert King, presents his latest book, a historical exploration of crime, community, and conspiracy. Her description of her abuser led local sheriff Willis McCall to round up every young black man in the county with the expectation of wielding McCall's version of justice on at least one of those men. At the end of the book, the reader is left wondering which of the men involved in the case was the worst: the sheriff, his deputy, the State's Attorney (who hailed from Lake County), or the state representative from Lake County to the Florida Legislature. Several days later. Blanche Knowles, the wife of a citrus tycoon was raped and threatened late one night in Okahumpka, Florida. That I could not do so while reading this book in the past days left me breathless and devastated. Beneath a Ruthless Sun tells a powerful, page-turning story rooted in the fears that rippled through the South as integration began to take hold, sparking a surge of virulent racism that savaged the vulnerable, debased the powerful, and roils our own times still. 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