Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime
The #1 New York Times Bestseller!
The extraordinary true story and basis for the Academy Award winning film BlacKkKlansman, written and directed by Spike Lee, produced by Jordan Peele, and starring John David Washington and Adam Driver.
When detective Ron Stallworth, the first black detective in the history of the Colorado Springs Police Department, comes across a classified ad in the local paper asking for all those interested in joining the Ku Klux Klan to contact a P.O. box, Detective Stallworth does his job and responds with interest, using his real name while posing as a white man. He figures he’ll receive a few brochures in the mail, maybe even a magazine, and learn more about a growing terrorist threat in his community.
A few weeks later the office phone rings, and the caller asks Ron a question he thought he’d never have to answer, “Would you like to join our cause?” This is 1978, and the KKK is on the rise in the United States. Its Grand Wizard, David Duke, has made a name for himself, appearing on talk shows, and major magazine interviews preaching a “kinder” Klan that wants nothing more than to preserve a heritage, and to restore a nation to its former glory.
Ron answers the caller’s question that night with a yes, launching what is surely one of the most audacious, and incredible undercover investigations in history. Ron recruits his partner Chuck to play the "white" Ron Stallworth, while Stallworth himself conducts all subsequent phone conversations. During the months-long investigation, Stallworth sabotages cross burnings, exposes white supremacists in the military, and even befriends David Duke himself.
Black Klansman is an amazing true story that reads like a crime thriller, and a searing portrait of a divided America and the extraordinary heroes who dare to fight back.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The premise is hard to swallow: In 1978, Ron Stallworth, the first Black detective in Colorado Springs’ police department, went undercover as a Ku Klux Klan member. During his extraordinary investigation, Stallworth became head of his local KKK chapter, sending a white detective to stand in when he had to appear in person and using his position to sabotage Klan activities. This incredible memoir—adapted into a movie by Spike Lee and Jordan Peele—reads like a tense, wry, and jaw-dropping thriller.
It was a good book I just wasn’t happy how this story ended
This is exactly the kind of nonfiction book I love. It has a great pace. I didn’t find myself getting bored at all throughout the book and felt satisfied with the amount of details given. Sometimes nonfiction books tend to either give too many details or too little details, but this was the perfect amount. It’s a very interesting book. I’d suggest it even if you don’t care for nonfiction books.