Grant Park begins in 1968, with Martin Luther King's final days in Memphis. The story then moves to the eve of the 2008 election and cuts between the two eras as it unfolds.
Disillusioned columnist Malcolm Toussaint, fueled by yet another report of unarmed black men killed by police, hacks into his newspaper's server to post an incendiary column that had been rejected by his editors. Toussaint then disappears, and his longtime editor, Bob Carson, is summarily fired within hours of the column's publication. While a furious Carson tries to find Toussaint - at the same time dealing with the reappearance of a lost love from his days as a '60s activist - Toussaint is abducted by two improbable but still dangerous white supremacists plotting to explode a bomb at Obama's planned rally in Grant Park. Toussaint and Carson are forced to remember the choices they made as idealistic, impatient young men, when both their lives were changed profoundly by their work in the civil rights movement.
"[I]nfused with vivid characterizations and canny verisimilitude..." (Kirkus)
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The way it transported me back to the events of my youth. I served in Vietnam and also experienced the 60's on both coasts and in rural Illinois and Chicago. This book captures the intense, surreal atmosphere I remember. Tear gas and napalm. Attack dogs and unfathomable hatred. Fear. Draft dodgers in Canada, deserters in Sweden. LBJ, J Edgar, JFK, RFK, MLK , Malcom X and Muhammad Ali.
Malcom Toussaint because he best represented the civil rights era, its awkward transition to post-modernity, and the resulting schizoid mentality of a brutal nation.
Thank you Leonard Pitts Jr.
- Avid Reader
Grant Park -- a very worthwhile listen
- K. Matthias