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Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America's Most Powerful Mobster | Stephen L. Carter
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The bestselling author delves into his past and discovers the inspiring story of his grandmothers extraordinary life She was black and a woman and a prosecutor, a graduate of Smith College and the granddaughter of slaves, as dazzlingly unlikely a combination as one could imagine in New York of the 1930sand without the strategy she devised, Lucky Luciano, the most powerful Mafia boss in history, would never have been convicted. When special prosecutor Thomas E. Dewey selected twenty lawyers to help him clean up the citys underworld, she was the only member of his team who was not a white male. Eunice Hunton Carter, Stephen Carters grandmother, was raised in a world of stultifying expectations about race and gender, yet by the 1940s, her professional and political successes had made her one of the most famous black women in America. But her triumphs were shadowed by prejudice and tragedy. Greatly complicating her rise was her difficult relationship with her younger brother, Alphaeus, an avowed Communist whotogether with his friend Dashiell Hammettwould go to prison during the McCarthy era. Yet she remained unbowed. Moving, haunting, and as fast-paced as a novel, Invisible tells the true story of a woman who often found her path blocked by the social and political expectations of her time. But Eunice Carter never accepted defeat, and thanks to her grandsons remarkable book, her long forgotten story is once again visible.
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Lauranahe
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I didn‘t make it to the end. It‘s a fascinating story, but the last 100 pages got more political than true-crime (which is what I was interested in). I wish the trial itself had taken up much more than one chapter.

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Well-ReadNeck
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charl08 Interesting one. 6mo
SauerPatch I‘m so glad I saw this! I‘ve realized recently that memoirs might be a new favorite genre of mine so I‘ve been keeping my eye out for titles to try. Bookmarking your blog list! 6mo
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Gennic
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Mehso-so

I picked this up because I was interested in an African American woman having brought down Lucky Luciano. I enjoyed that part of the story. I don't particularly care for politics in anyway so the rest the book was quite dull for me.

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Gennic
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I‘ve been waiting on this from the library for a while and it finally came in! I‘m soooo excited to read this

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charl08
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Mehso-so

Fascinating story: but I wish it was written by a historian!

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charl08
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Wow. Appalling. Another win for the FBI...

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mlzbthc

“Rather, she was ambitious at a time and in fields where there were few possibilities for a colored woman to shine.

And before we decide she that was too ambitious, we must ask ourselves whether if Eunice had been white and male and had the same resume, she would not have gone further in her career. If our answer is even a tentative yes, then to criticize her for ambition amounts to little more than demanding that she stay in her place.”

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WanderingBookaneer
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I can do this! 💪🏻 🤞🏻💪🏻

Cryssy_Dee I know that feeling well. Lol! 13mo
bookishkris Oh no! I HATE it when that happens! Good luck! 13mo
sprainedbrain Been there. 😂 13mo
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RadicalReader @WanderingBookaneer wishing you the luckiest of charms 13mo
Clare-Dragonfly Did you manage it?! 13mo
WanderingBookaneer @Clare-Dragonfly : With 3 minutes to spare! 13mo
Clare-Dragonfly 🙌🏻 13mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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Pickpick

I am a fan of Stephen L. Carter‘s fiction and immediately jumped at the opportunity to preview this non-fiction biography of Eunice Hunton Carter, his grandmother. I was enraptured by every word. The narrative is full of small stories that help to build the picture of is family history. Such a rich story full of history. Highly recommend. #netgalley

Reviewsbylola This sounds really readable. I get nervous about nonfic sometimes because it can be so dry. 1y
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Quirkybookworm
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Wadda mean forgotten? I‘ve never heard of this awesome chick!
Received this ARC from #Netgalley. Review will be in after I finish it. Can‘t wait. This is candy for this major history buff!

Reviewsbylola This sounds very promising! 1y
Quirkybookworm I‘m on page 60 and it gets better and better! It‘s just sooooo good!! @Reviewsbylola (edited) 1y
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