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  • Invisible

  • The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America's Most Powerful Mobster
  • By: Stephen L. Carter
  • Narrated by: Karen Chilton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Stephen L. Carter delves into his past and retrieves the inspiring story of his grandmother’s 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 20 lawyers to help him clean up the city’s underworld, she was the only member of his team who was not a white male. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Moving Biography

  • By Jean on 10-31-18

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Reviewed: 02-27-19

The background - street addresses; illnesses; family relationships; society functions - is the emphasis. The expected listen was of the "forgotten story" taking down the mobster. By the time the story appeared in the book it no longer held this listener's attention. The first half of the book was very tedious.

  • Grant

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 48 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,813
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,325
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,295

Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Chernow reveals in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book (BUT WHERE IS THE PDF FILES)????

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-25-17

Joanne

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Reviewed: 07-05-18

Important history clearly defined in an enjoyable if long read. Mark Bramhall’s narration was perfect.