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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (43 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael D’Orso Narrator: Richard M. Davidson Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2016 ISBN: 9781428199293
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Stunning and powerful, Like Judgment Day is the hauntingly true story of the Rosewood massacre. Michael D'Orso's compelling journalistic prose reads like the most vivid novel as he describes the earth-shattering events of January 1923 and its survivors' patient, 70-year quest for justice. When a black man was accused of attacking a white woman in a rural Florida town, a tinderbox of racial hatred was ignited. On New Year's Day 1923, Rosewood, a town of hard-working, middle class African Americans was burned to the ground by an angry mob of whites. After hiding in frigid nearby swamps for days, the few survivors never returned. The town's existence vanished like a mirage until 1982 when a local journalist-writing an article on weekend getaways-stumbled upon the Rosewood secret. Narrator Richard M. Davidson's rich voice enhances D'Orso's masterful rendering of one of contemporary American history's most shameful tragedies. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judean | 11/4/2013

    " This is another of my favorite books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 7/3/2013

    " Even though I am quite familiar with history, the story of Rosewood and its inhabitants took me by surprise. I was shocked that such brutality could occur. What is even more frightening is that such brutality still occurs to this day around the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Petegorsky | 4/2/2013

    " A wonderfully written book about one of the better known episodes of American ethnic cleansing, D'Orso's story really focuses on the long quest of the Rosewood descendants for justice. Read it and then watch Marco Williams' film Banished. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bobbi Hartwell | 3/23/2010

    " Powerfully written dual-story about the massacre itself as well as the quest for recognition and reparations in the Florida legislature 70 years later. Important. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 8/31/2009

    " Well done, if a bit convoluted..hard to keep up with so many characters. Great read for anyone wo enjoys American History. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 3/4/2008

    " Oh, wow. For those of us who think the Obama Era is "post racism", read this before you make fools of your selves. "

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About the Author

Mike D’Orso’s work includes sixteen books, all in the form of narrative nonfiction. His subjects range from politics to professional football, racial conflict to environmental destruction, inner-city public education to social justice to spinal cord injury. The settings for his books range from Arctic Alaska to the Galapagos Islands to the swamps of rural Florida. Honors for his work include the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the New York Times Notable Book of the Year list, Newsweek’s 2009 list of “50 Books For Our Times,” the ALA’s Alex Award, the Lillian Smith Book Award for writing on social justice, the Christopher Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and the ALA Nonfiction Book of the Year. Three of his books have been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His newspaper work as a feature writer at the Virginian-Pilot was also nominated three times for a Pulitzer.

About the Narrator

Richard M. Davidson is an actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator. Trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, he is well versed in theater and has had a long-standing career in acting, including a lead role in the show Diamonds, which aired on the CBS network, and a part in ESPN’s The Hustle.