Gentle Giant of Dynamite Hill

  • by Helen Shores Lee, Barbara S. Shores, Denise George
  • Narrated by Valeri Ross
  • 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

These are the firsthand accounts of sisters Helen and Barbara Shores about growing up with their father, Arthur Shores, a prominent Civil Rights attorney, during the 60s in the Jim Crow south Birmingham district - a frequent target of the Ku Klux Klan. Between 1948 and 1963, some 50 unsolved Klan bombings happened in Smithfield where the Shores family lived, earning their neighborhood the nickname “Dynamite Hill.”
Due to his work, Shores’ daughter, Barbara, barely survived a kidnapping attempt. Twice, in 1963, Klan members bombed their home, sending Theodora to the hospital with a brain concussion and killing Tasso, the family’s cocker spaniel. The family narrowly escaped a third bombing attempt on their home in the spring of 1965.
The Gentle Giant of Dynamite Hill is an incredible story of a family’s unfair suffering, but also of the Shores’ overcoming. This family’s sacrificial commitment, courage, determination, and triumph inspire us today through this story and the selfless service, work, and lives of Helen Shores Lee and Barbara Sylvia Shores.

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Great history lesson!

What made the experience of listening to Gentle Giant of Dynamite Hill the most enjoyable?

Just learning about a behind the scenes legend such as Arthur D. Shores and his amazing legacy was the great experience.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Helen was my favorite. She was feisty and got angry the same way I think I would have in her same situation. I love that she went on and followed in her father's footsteps.


Which character – as performed by Valeri Ross – was your favorite?

Helen Shores Lee (now Honorable Helen Shores Lee)


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book made me laugh and cry. Laugh as Helen got whoopings for being hard headed and crying for all the senseless deaths and uphill struggles as well as the victories.


Any additional comments?

This is a must read for anyone who enjoys learning about our history. We are all familiar with the Civil Rights activists who were in the forefront, but this is one that should be in the history books. I would LOVE to see a documentary of this phenomenal man. I will probably read this book again.

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- Beverley A. Craft "Daughter of the King"

An INSPIRATIONAL page turner!!

A truly powerful motivational account of a revolutionary man's life. The emotional story of a civil rights attorney, God fearing man, strong devoted providing husband, and loving father shared by his daughters I'm a manner that brings years to your eyes
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- KmBush

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-10-2012
  • Publisher: Zondervan