The Eyes Of Willie Mcgee: A Tragedy of Race, Sex, and Secrets in the Jim Crow South

Paperback | May 10, 2011

byAlex Heard

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In this gripping saga of race and retribution, Alex Heard (editorial director of Outside magazine) tells a moving and unforgettable story of the deep South that says as much about Mississippi today as it does about the mysteries of the past. In doing so, he evokes the bitter conflicts between black and white, north and south in America.

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In this gripping saga of race and retribution, Alex Heard (editorial director of Outside magazine) tells a moving and unforgettable story of the deep South that says as much about Mississippi today as it does about the mysteries of the past. In doing so, he evokes the bitter conflicts between black and white, north and south in America...

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A Washington Post Best Book of the YearIn 1945, a young African-American man from Laurel, Mississippi, was sentenced to death for allegedly raping Willette Hawkins, a white housewife. The case was barely noticed until Bella Abzug, a young New York labor lawyer, was hired to oversee Willie McGee's appeal. Together with William Patterson...

Alex Heard is the editorial director ofOutsidemagazine. He has worked as an editor and writer atThe New York Times Magazine,Slate,Wired, andThe New Republic, and is the author ofApocalypse Pretty Soon. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.97 inPublished:May 10, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061284165

ISBN - 13:9780061284168

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“Heard succeeds impressively. . . . Through gritty, precise reporting, he reveals the human cost of mob violence and ‘legal lynchings’ in Mississippi. . . . Heard tells of those who fought against lynchings and of those who died in their midst. . . . A rich narrative.”