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The extraordinary true story of the black detective who goes undercover to investigate the KKK

***ADAPTED AS A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE BY SPIKE LEE - WINNER OF THE GRAND PRIX AT CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2018 ***
What happens when a black detective goes undercover in the KKK? An extraordinary true story.

In 1978, Ron Stallworth is the first black detective in the history of the Colorado Springs Police Department. In the local paper, he finds a classified ad for the Ku Klux Klan - and a P.O. box for interested enquiries.

All he's expecting are some racist brochures and a few scraps of information about the white nationalist terrorists in his community.

What he gets is a phone call inviting him to join the KKK.

So he does.

Launching an undercover investigation of incredible audacity, Ron recruits his partner Chuck to play the 'white' Ron Stallworth, while Stallworth himself talks to the Klan over the phone. During his months-long investigation, Stallworth sabotages cross burnings, exposes white supremacists in the military, and even manages to deceive the KKK "Grand Wizard" David Duke himself - dodging danger and reprisal at every turn...

Black Klansman is an amazing true story and a rollercoaster of a crime thriller; a searing and timely portrait of a divided America and the extraordinary heroes who dare to fight back.

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Hugely entertaining

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Twistedly funny

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Completely brilliant

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So wild you can barely believe it ... both hilarious and exquisitely direct

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A story well worth knowing

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Ron’s story is nearly too strange to be believed, which is precisely what makes it so compelling

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Before you head for theaters, be sure you’ve read Black Klansman first. You’ll want the back-story. You’ll want the nuances. You’ll want every part of this book

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  • Paperback

    9781787461703

    July 30, 2018

    Arrow

    208 pages

    RRP $19.99

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    9781780899299

    June 18, 2018

    Century

    208 pages

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    9781473562684

    June 5, 2018

    Cornerstone Digital

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Extract

**WARNING Course Language**
 

A CALL FROM THE KLAN


All of this began in October 1978. As an Intelligence Unit detective for the Colorado Springs Police Department, the first black detective in the history of the department, I might add, one of my duties was to scan the two daily newspapers for any reports of information concerning any hint of subversive activity that might have an impact on the welfare and safety of Colorado Springs. It’s surprising what some people will put in the paper: prostitution, obvious money schemes, that sort of  thing mostly, but  every once in a while  there’s something that  really stands out. As I looked over the classified ads, one in par tic u lar caught my eye. It read:

 

Ku Klux Klan
For Information Contact
P.O. Box 4771
Security, Colorado
80230

 

Now there was something unusual.

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