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Accidental Activist

By: Josh Venkataraman,Barbara Venkataraman
Narrated by: Joshua Mackey
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This book will take you through my incredible four-year quest for justice for The Groveland Four and teach you how to pursue your own causes, whatever they may be. It is a primer for positive action, a journey through Florida's past as well as its future. Some of the things you will learn: everything takes more time than you think, nothing ever goes according to plan, help can come from unexpected places, time is on your side, everyone is connected to everyone else, you can reach your tipping point for success and not even realize it, your goals can change along the way, and flexibility is key. Let's get started, shall we?

©2019 Barbara Venkataraman (P)2020 Barbara Venkataraman

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Four young men who were nearly proved innocent in 1949 were either wrongfully incarcerated or murdered at the instigation of a sheriff have had their day in court nearly seventy years after the fact. The author became aware of the issue while in law school, investigated, contacted remaining family members, and began organizing a political posse to right the wrongs done (albeit posthumously) for the benefit of the families and people today. It took years! As someone once said, the wheels of Justice move slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine. Excellent work and an excellent read!
I was able to augment my ebook with a Whispersync audiobook as narrated by Joshua Mackey who was perfect as the voice of Josh Venkataraman.

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What a great book!Josh K. reads the book about the Groveland 4 and gets involved with the families to have their names cleared.It takes years but he and others finally get it done.Joshua Mackey was a terrific narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.'

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Captivating and worth listening to

I didn’t know about this sad chapter in Florida’s history, and I am glad I had the opportunity to listen to this compelling story about how Josh Venkataraman fought a war that was not his own to right past wrongs and to defend equal rights for everyone. It was a captivating listen in which we learn the facts about the events happening in 1949, how the truth was tergiversated, and how four innocent men were found guilty against all evidence. The book follows Josh on his quest trying to get these men acquited so that their families may find rest.

I found it a very interesting story, and one that should be made known for the sake of these men’s families and to learn from the past, in order to prevent these injustices from happening again. It was well written, and it exposed the events in a clear and passionate way. I applaud Josh for fighting this fight and help the less fortunate.

Joshua Makey’s narration was just perfect for this book, and it was like listening to Josh himself narrate telling the story, using an enthralling tone and keeping the listener engaged. The audio production was spotless.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Interesting, thorough, and concise

This was an interesting story that involved many people working towards the same goal. Spurred by years of injustice, and one young man's indignation, the families and friends of the four men wrongly accused united and demanded clemency.