The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson

The Blood of Emmett Till

Longlisted for the National Book Award for NonfictionThis extraordinary New York Times bestseller reexamines a pivotal event of the civil rights movement—the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till—“and demands that we do the one vital thing we aren’t often enough asked to do with history: learn from it” (The Atlantic).In 1955, white men in the Mississippi Delta lynched a fourteen-year-old from Chicago named Emmett Till. His murder was part of a w...

Details The Blood of Emmett Till

TitleThe Blood of Emmett Till
Release DateDec 5th, 2017
PublisherSimon Schuster
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Crime, True Crime, Biography, Cultural, African American, North American Hi..., American History, Mystery

Reviews The Blood of Emmett Till

  • Montzalee Wittmann
    The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson is an audible book I got from the library and I am not sure I am glad or not. I knew the story but not the details. I wanted to know but didn't want to know. It was so horrific, I didn't know if I could stand to hear it, to know that people stood by and let murderers go free. Did I want to live it? I did want to know because the world is turning backwards in any progress that has been made. Those of us...
  • Erin
    Black Lives DON'T Matter. This country has been going out of its way to prove that for centuries and continues till this very day. Black Lives have never mattered. Emmett Till may have been murdered over 60 years ago but in reality this country is still killing him today. In Letters from a Birmingham Jail Dr. King writes that his worst enemies are not members of The Klan but "white moderates" who claim to support the goals of the movement but dep...
  • Carly
    "We cannot transcend our past without confronting it.""How do you give a crash course in hatred to a boy who has only known love?" -- Mamie Till, mother of Emmett TillEmmett Till. The boy whose lynching galvanized a global movement. Right now, the media seems to be afire with one of the revelations of this book: that Carolyn Bryant has finally admitted that she lied and that Emmett Till never accosted her. Other than her admission, that's not exa...
  • gnarlyhiker
    There is no interview or what would constitute as an interview with Carolyn, the instigator of Emmett Till’s fate. Her autobiography or papers are sealed till 2038.In the end TBOET adds nothing new to this tragedy.**ARC/publisher/NetGalley Update: 21 January '17 This book is for you if you are between the ages of 18-25. This book is for you if you don’t know any better. This book is for you if you have never watched the 1990 14-part documenta...
  • Laura
    My first experience learning about Emmett Till was by reading the historical fiction book, Wolf Whistle, by Lewis Nordan. It's a wonderful read that exposed me to an event I never knew took place. Tyson's work is nonfiction and does an excellent job putting the facts into a very readable text. Nordan and Tyson's works are great companion pieces that I highly recommend.
  • I Be Reading
    Meh. This definitely is not the definitive book about Emmett Till and I'm not sure it added anything to the story about him that we didn't already know. It appears all the hype and hullabaloo around the author getting accessory to murder Carolyn Bryant to talk was just that: hype to promote a pretty basic book.
  • Steven Z.
    At a time when the “Black Lives Matter” movement continues to gain momentum it is interesting to contemplate what the turning point was for the Civil Rights Movement. In his new book THE BLOOD OF EMMETT TILL, Timothy B. Tyson argues that the lynching of Emmett Till on August 28, 1955, by two white men in rural Mississippi was the tipping point. It appears their actions were in part motivated by the 1954 Supreme Court’s Brown v. the Board of...
  • Tom Mathews
    When asked to think of a picture of a truly heroic action, many people will think of the lone Chinese protester facing off a row of tanks in Tiananmen Square. After finishing Timothy B. Tyson’s magnificent new book, I now see a different picture. As photographs go it isn’t much but the story behind it makes shivers run down my spine. The image is of Moses Wright, a lanky black sharecropper and great uncle of 14-year-old Emmett Till. In the ph...
  • Jean Poulos
    In 1955 an all-white male jury found the two white defendants not guilty of killing a black boy even though they had confessed to the crime. This is one of the worst incidents of “Southern Justice” in our nation’s history. The victim was a fourteen-year-old black boy from Chicago who was visiting a relative in Mississippi. The boy who had polio when younger was accused of provoking a white woman, Carolyn Bryant, with a wolf whistle and flir...
  • Darlene
    There are probably few people who have not heard of Emmett Till and his horrific murder in 1955. This book, The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson, in my view, does not add a great deal to the knowledge that has been available for all of these years; but he DOES an excellent job of taking what is known about the murder of this 14 year-old boy and placing it in a broader national, international, political and social context.In August, 1955 1...
  • Faith
    This is what happens when you do a lot of research about what was sold in the country stores but you still don't manage to add anything new to the conversation about a famous lynching. Read it if you don't know anything of the history of Emmett Till. The story is a tragedy and the fact that the instigator got to be an old lady, still lying, is infuriating to say the least. However, I found this book to be a boring rehash.
  • Lawyer
    The Blood of Emmett Till: When Will We Ever Learn?The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson was chosen as a group read by members of On the Southern Literary Trail for November, 2017. Come join us.Full Review to Follow
  • Gwen - Chew & Digest Books -
    Learning about Emmett Till is important, without question, but the epilogue of this is what knocked me to my knees.a sample..."America is still killing Emmett Till, and often for the same reasons that drove the violent segregationists of the 1950s and 1960s. Yes, some things have changed; the kind of violence that snatched Till’s life strikes only rarely. A white supremacist gunman slaughtering nine black churchgoers in a prayer meeting in Char...
  • jv poore
    Three months later, this book is still on my mind.******* ******* ****** ****** ****** ****** ******It seems like I've always known Emmett Till's story, but in a snap-shot sort of way which felt grossly unfair and almost irresponsible. I needed to read this book and now that I have, I wish I could make it required reading. To say the story is significant would be a disservice. I could pull pages of quotes from Mr. Tyson's telling, but I feel like...
  • Natasha
    Rough, raw and real. It was a hard listen but necessary. There was more historical facts and events inlcuded than just the story of Emmett Till, which I appreciated. It's hard to imagine that these things were occurring in the 50s, I mean the 50s weren't that long ago! I wasn't alive but my mother was and she was almost the same age as Emmett Till. I can't imagine growing up in such a racially tense, segregated and unequal time. We still deal wit...
  • Heather
    "After all, how do you give a crash course in hatred to a boy who has only known love?" -Mamie Bradley"Emmet Till's death was an extreme example of the logic of America's national racial caste system. To look beneath the surface of these facts is to ask ourselves what our relationship is today to the legacies of that caste system-legacies that still end the lives of young African Americans for no reason other than the color of their American skin...
  • Queeniesha Scott
    This book should not be purchased until the proceeds are to be forwarded to the family of Emmett Till or to a charity in his name. The only people who should be profiting off of this story is Emmitt Till. Not the woman who caused his death or the author and publishing company exploiting it. This is information that should be freely publicized to exonerate Emmitt Till and inform the public. That awful woman that caused a childs torture and death s...
  • Zak
    Largely well-written and researched. Entering this book with next to no prior knowledge about Emmett Till, I found it very informative. I also liked that the book gave a very detailed account of the conditions and atmosphere of race relations in Mississippi, Chicago and other parts of the US before, during and after Emmett Till's senseless murder and the subsequent shameful verdict. However, I didn't like that large parts of the narrative consist...
  • Craig Werner
    Great, needed book. The hook, which has been emphasized in almost every media account, is that Tyson, one of the two or three most important historians of race working today, interviewed the "woman in the case," who admits that she made up and embellished most of the detail that contributed to Till's lynching. The fact is that anyone even vaguely conversant with the racial situation in Mississippi pretty much knew that without the confession. The...
  • YupIReadIt
    I can’t even explain the rage I felt reading this book
  • Skip
    A meticulously-researched book about the kidnapping and lynching of 14-year old, Chicagoan Emmett Till, while visiting his family in Mississippi in 1955. Sadly, the book was focused more on the consequences than the events, since the only living person who knows what actually happened (Carolyn Brant) won't say or doesn't remember. Only a few characters were developed, making the book largely uninteresting: mother, uncle, and the local Sheriff. I ...
  • Vanessa
    just finished this and I feel shaken by the horrific brutality. Also, moved by the courage of many, including Till's mother. The courtroom drama was exciting to read, it was refreshing to learn details about young Emmett's personality, but that last chapter was one of the most difficult things I've ever read. Important story to tell, really understanding and taking responsibility for our history is the only thing that may save us.
  • Ann
    Despite a reference to Trayvon Martin, this book seems like it was written over a decade ago. It might have seemed radical and revelatory to some (maybe even me) if it had come out years ago. But I read this book immediately after reading Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. In The Blood of Emmett Till, Tyson quotes Ta-Nehisi Coates. But Tyson seems to be...
  • Kusaimamekirai
    I’m going to struggle with this review a bit because 85% percent of the book is extremely well written and a fascinating narrative about one of the more heinous incidents in American history. In 1955, 14 year old Emmett Till left his mother in Chicago for the summer to spend time with his uncle on the Mississippi Delta. One day Emmett wandered into a store where a young Carolyn Bryant, a white woman, was behind the counter. What happened after ...
  • Scott
    Here's a thoroughly researched, vital and horrifying history of the killing of Emmett Till, providing both an intimate, immediate portrait of the boy's life, death, funeral, and the subsequent trial of his murderers as well as a thoughtful overview of the racial, social, sexual, and political climate (locally and nationally), in which it all went down. Timothy Tyson opens things with a bombshell: Carolyn Bryant, whose deflowered "honor" was the m...
  • Milton Brasher-Cunningham
    I heard Bryan Stevenson speak last night at Yale Divinity School and he talked about our need "to change the narrative" if we wanted to see real change in our world. He said, "Fear and anger are the essential ingredients of inequality and injustice." Tim Tyson's retelling of the narrative of the murder of Emmett Till lays bare the fear and anger of not only the white men who brutally beat and killed the boy, but also of a society built on the nar...
  • David Quijano
    I read Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King last year (2016), for which he won the General Non-Fiction Pulitzer in 2013. It covers the case of the four black men in Florida who were wrongfully accused of rape in 1948 and the subsequent trial where they were represented by Thurgood Marshall. It is one of my favorite books in recent years, and I have been looking for something similar to read since. So when I saw The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B...
  • CTHULHU Down the Chimney 2Night The Haunted Reading Room
    THE BLOOD OF EMMETT TILL by Timothy B. TysonTHE BLOOD OF EMMETT TILL is a tremendously important and terribly perturbing work of nonfiction. Intensifying the perturbation and pervasive grief, even now, 61 years in the future, is that the Emmett Till tragedy occurred. This is not a work of scary fiction; this is real.In August 1955, a fourteen-year-old Chicago adolescent traveled with family to visit relatives in Mississippi. He eventually returne...
  • Chris
    There is no book about the Emmett Till case, and never will be, as comprehensive and thorough as Devery Anderson's EMMETT TILL: THE MURDER THAT SHOCKED THE WORLD AND PROPELLED THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. Tyson's new book offers a bit of sensational information about the case, information from a personal interview he had with Carolyn Bryant, the woman at the center of the 1955 case, a woman who has never before spoken publicly about the case. She a...
  • Jacqueline Giedzinski
    I'm not quite sure what I should say about this book. Was it historically accurate? Yes. Was it a terrifying picture of racial injustice in the deep American south? Definitely. Did it properly pay homage to Emmett Till and his family? Perhaps. However, what I can't figure out is why Carolyn Bryant waited at least 60 years to tell the world that Emmett Till did not do the things she testified to during his murder trial? How could she, as a mother,...