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The bestselling author delves into his past and discovers the inspiring story of his grandmother’s 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 1930s―and 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 city’s underworld, she was the only member of his team who was not a white male.
Eunice Hunton Carter, Stephen Carter’s 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 who―together with his friend Dashiell Hammett―would 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 grandson’s remarkable book, her long forgotten story is once again visible.
History Book Club 2020 Book List
January- The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's Founding by Robert Hughes
February- Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America's Most Powerful Mobster by Stephen L. Carter
March- The First World War by John Keegan
April- The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington by Brad Meltzer
May- The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson
June- On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle by Hampton Sides
July- The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 by Rick Atkinson
August- Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West by Stephen E. Ambrose
September- Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard
October- The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West by David McCullough
November- The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War by Ben MacIntyre