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Truevine

Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South

By Beth Macy
Narrated by Suzanne Toren / 10 hours 53 minutes
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If you enjoyed American Heiress, then you’ll love Truevine.

“Kidnapped and closeted, eventually carousing across the countryside, Patty Hearst caused a media sensation throughout the 1970's with her radical rebirth as a criminal in the Symbionese Liberation Army. In an era of insanity, Hearst captured the heart of a nation with her plight, pleading for a pardon from prosecution and from two presidents. Author Jeffrey Toobin recreates the events and actions of Hearst during her 19 months as "Tania," a gun-toting urban guerrilla. Was she a victim of circumstance, a brain-washed, betrayed heiress or did she embrace the excitement away from her everyday existence? Take an eye-opening ride through history to see how clearly the Hearst's re-wrote the only acceptable ending of Tania's tale to be a happily-ever- after one.”

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER The true story of two African-American brothers who were kidnapped and displayed as circus freaks, and whose mother endured a 28-year struggle to get them back.
The year was 1899 and the place a sweltering tobacco farm in the Jim Crow South town of Truevine, Virginia. George and Willie Muse were two little boys born to a sharecropper family. One day a white man offered them a piece of candy, setting off events that would take them around the world and change their lives forever. Captured into the circus, the Muse brothers performed for royalty at Buckingham Palace and headlined over a dozen sold-out shows at New York's Madison Square Garden. They were global superstars in a pre-broadcast era. But the very root of their success was in the color of their skin and in the outrageous caricatures they were forced to assume: supposed cannibals, sheep-headed freaks, even "Ambassadors from Mars." Back home, their mother never accepted that they were "gone" and spent 28 years trying to get them back.

Through hundreds of interviews and decades of research, Beth Macy expertly explores a central and difficult question: Where were the brothers better off? On the world stage as stars or in poverty at home? TRUEVINE is a compelling narrative rich in historical detail and rife with implications to race relations today.

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