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Race Against Time

By: Jerry Mitchell
Narrated by: Jerry Mitchell
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"For almost two decades, investigative journalist Jerry Mitchell doggedly pursued the Klansmen responsible for some of the most notorious murders of the civil rights movement. This book is his amazing story. Thanks to him, and to courageous prosecutors, witnesses, and FBI agents, justice finally prevailed." (John Grisham, author of The Guardians)

On June 21, 1964, more than 20 Klansmen murdered three civil rights workers. The killings, in what would become known as the "Mississippi Burning" case, were among the most brazen acts of violence during the Civil Rights Movement. And even though the killers’ identities, including the sheriff’s deputy, were an open secret, no one was charged with murder in the months and years that followed.

It took 41 years before the mastermind was brought to trial and finally convicted for the three innocent lives he took. If there is one man who helped pave the way for justice, it is investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell.

In Race Against Time, Mitchell takes listeners on the twisting, pulse-racing road that led to the reopening of four of the most infamous killings from the days of the Civil Rights Movement, decades after the fact. His work played a central role in bringing killers to justice for the assassination of Medgar Evers, the firebombing of Vernon Dahmer, the 16th Street Church bombing in Birmingham, and the Mississippi Burning case. Mitchell reveals how he unearthed secret documents and found long-lost suspects and witnesses, building up evidence strong enough to take on the Klan. He takes us into every harrowing scene along the way, as when Mitchell goes into the lion’s den, meeting one-on-one with the very murderers he is seeking to catch. His efforts have put four leading Klansmen behind bars, years after they thought they had gotten away with murder.

Race Against Time is an astonishing, courageous story capturing a historic race for justice, as the past is uncovered, clue by clue, and long-ignored evils are brought into the light. This is a landmark audiobook and essential listening for all Americans.

©2020 Jerry Mitchell (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Absolutely horrible reading

This is another case for not letting authors (besides, maybe, John LeCarre) read their own books. It's not easy to be a great voice-actor and Jerry Mitchell must have underestimated what's involved. When he's acting out a quotation or conversation, it sounds like a high school drama student going over the top. For some voices, he's obviously holding his nose closed. I don't know how good or bad the actual books is, but I can recommend AGAINST getting it in audio format.

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Wonderful book

Thank you for writing this Mr. Mitchell. This book should be mandatory reading for every high schooler in the country.

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Race Against Time

A book that should be read in schools as mandatory. This book was very well written and the author did a good job narrating.

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Buy this, read this, gift this

This is the best book I have ever read on the Civil Rights era murders by the Klan. The story, the writing and narration are perfect. It will make you uncomfortable because you should be uncomfortable with this part of American history. Buy this and gift it to people who want to learn more about history and how hatred spreads through a country.

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At least three movies could be made from this book

Jerry is arguably the most dogged investigative reporters the field has ever produced. His work has led to the conviction of homegrown terrorists and serial killers, providing a measure of justice for their victims, their loved ones, and society at large.

I asked Jerry the other day what he's working on now. He just smiled and said he's working on a few things with his publisher. I asked him why, after all this along with a new state flag, the state's largest reservoir carries the name of a white supremacist former governor named in this book. He allowed it was a good question. I believe it's time to #RenameTheRez if not long past time. You'll see why in this book. You'll learn how change is proceeding in the south as the arc of a moral universe, in the words of Dr. King, bends toward justice.

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Must Read for anyone that supports Civil Rights

it is amazing to hear these stories from the voice of the man who played such a pivotal role in finding justice for these fallen heroes.

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Must read

Everyone ought to read this wether they are interested in history or not. Racism is alive today and this book exposes a slice of history I don’t think we’ve been able to shake despite recent convictions.

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Lived Through all of this

Still makes me want to cry that people treat one another like this. Being in high school and college during the 60’s, these events were often the topics of conversations both in classes, dorms and social life. One learn fast that we may not be living in the south, but strong feelings about racism were everywhere. I can remember my husband and I celebrating with some of these criminals were brought to justice three years later.
Unreal that people are trying to cause the same things to happen again. And, that racial injustice still exists and is promoted by blacks and whites now. When we sat around campfires and at civil rights gatherings singing “Blowing in the Wind”, We really would have cried if known that our grandchildren would be saying the same stuff

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Inspiring and provoking

This book provides provoking insight into four instances of justice denied and justice fulfilled. It fleshes out some of the facts that are not included in two of the movies that were made on these awful events -Mississippi Burning (some fiction some fact) and the Ghosts of Mississippi. Listening to this book has now inspired me to go back and read more on this time that seems to echo so loudly today. This is what books are meant to do and I think Mr. Mitchell

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Need to know history- BORING as...

Race Against Time is such a vital true story and needed telling. Unfortunately, it read like a courtroom transcript or police report. I trudged my way through most of it, but in the end, I jumped to the last thirty minutes and the epilogue, which summed up what happened. Perhaps a different narrator could have salvaged this novel, but I have my doubts.