Stati Uniti, 1978. Ron Stallworth è il primo detective afroamericano a entrare nel Dipartimento di Polizia di Colorado Springs e il suo arrivo, in un periodo di profondi sconvolgimenti sociali, non è particolarmente gradito ai colleghi. Tra i vari incarichi, gli viene affidato quello di leggere i giornali locali e segnalare «attività insolite e potenzialmente pericolose». Così, un giorno, tra gli annunci, legge:
KU KLUX KLAN
PER INFORMAZIONI CONTATTARE
CASELLA POSTALE 4771
SECURITY, COLORADO 80230
… e decide di rispondere, sostenendo di essere un bianco difensore della purezza razziale, preoccupato del fatto che «i negri stiano prendendo il sopravvento» e quindi interessato a sapere cosa bisogna fare per affiliarsi al KKK.
Da quel momento, inizia la più incredibile missione sotto copertura della Storia. Grazie alla coraggiosa collaborazione di un collega, Chuck, la sua «controfigura» bianca, Ron riesce a entrare nel Klan con inattesa facilità e perfino a contattare il Gran Maestro, David Duke. Dopo alcune azioni di sabotaggio, però, il pericolo di essere scoperto e di pagare con la vita diventa sempre più concreto…
- ISBN: 8867025171
- Casa Editrice: Tre60
- Pagine: 288
The best part of the book, the pee your pants, snork your coffee, kick your legs up laughing part of the book was when David Duke came to town and despite protestations to the higher ups, Stallworth (our hero, the black cop) was detailed to protect him. Stallworth asked Duke if he could have a pictu Leggi tutto
I wanted to like this book. There's a great story here, it's just that it was boring, I didn't quite like the way the author came across, and I had a hard time getting through some parts of this. There were so many abbreviated groups that after a while I stopped caring which group was on what side.
It's a great story, not the most exceptional writing. I'm glad somebody protects us from terrorist. I'm pleased that I read it!
A fascinating story that made for a medicore storytelling experience. Stallworth could have benefitted from a ghostwriter and a heavy-handed editor. Forty year old petty grievaces against co-workers don't belong in a biography, and neither does repetition after repetition (...) His sidebars and comm Leggi tutto
Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth seems so far-fetched that it reads like fiction. But, alas, it is non-fiction. A black police detective from Colorado Springs really did manage to infiltrate the KKK in 1978. It is a fascinating retelling of how this could possibly come about and manages to show the
See the movie, read the book or both - hopefully you already have done one or the other. If you haven't I encourage you to do so now. It was relevant when it happened, it is more so now. I rarely find the movie as good as or better than the book but both are fantastic.
To really appreciate this book, you have to ask yourself, "what if I had to befriend my enemies?" For Detective Ron Stallworth, it goes beyond that - diving deep into secret rituals, cross-burning, race meetings and more, he joins the Ku Klux Klan undercover as one member of one of the most frighten Leggi tutto
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ “Success often lies not in what happens but in what you prevent from happening.” Here is a case where the movie is guaranteed to be better than the book. No offense to Ron Stallworth, but Spike Lee does words for a living and you, m
This book, more than anything else, is a testament to authors who should hire ghostwriters. If Ron Stallworth did in fact hire a ghostwriter, he should have hired a better one. The premise, a black police officer masquerading as a card carrying member of the KKK via a white undercover surrogate, is
This memoir dragged in spots, but I admire the courage of the author to risk his life for this endeavor. Side Note: Spike Lee did an excellent job in adapting this.
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