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Publisher's Summary

This program is read by the author. 

The extraordinary true story of the black detective who goes undercover to investigate the KKK, the basis for the forthcoming major motion picture written and directed by Spike Lee and produced by Jordan Peele.

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 PO 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 in 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 unfolds like a crime thriller and a searing portrait of a divided America and the extraordinary heroes who dare to fight back.

©2014 Ron Stallworth (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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Just had to listen to this tale!

How Ron Stallworth and the other investigators managed to pull off this undercover caper in the late 1970s is intriguing. The author weaves in some personalities from Colorado's history and offers both amusing and stressful situations encountered in this investigation. It is undoubtedly disappointing that the photograph with David Duke had been misplaced--it could have been made into a poster or offered to the state historical society or something. Some listeners may want to change from the standard play speed to 1.25 or 1.5 to get a better narration pace. There are a few points of opinion or analysis in the comparison with current events of about 2018 that may not have been necessary for the book and may be objectionable to some listeners, but probably only a very few paragraphs. Sure had a couple of good laughs with parts of the story.

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Riveting and interesting, I enjoyed hearing historic details throughout the story.

Riveting, interesting and a great story! I enjoyed how the author intertwined historic facts from the era while detailing facts from the investigation. His interaction with the KKK and the discovery of planned terrorism, was truly heroic.

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Hoping for more

Although the story was interesting, I anticipated a more exciting ending. What was achieved is still unbelievable and its relationship to the issues of today remarkable. Thank you for sharing your part of history.

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Great Story Not So Good Audible Narration

Although a good story this book’s audible narration was extremely hard to listen to and keep my attention. The authors monotone voice lacked excitement and adventure in the storyline. If you want to read the story get a hard copy of the book.

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Hate: An American Legacy

White America has yet to deal with its original sin. But, the day is coming.

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  • JMKIII58
  • Clarksville, TN, United States
  • 08-11-18

An excellent story

The wonderful story of a black under cover cop infiltrating the KKK. Well told and very descriptive. A movie is based on this book.

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Are you kidding???

Stallworth wrote a damn good book but he’s not up to the job of narrating it.He sounds like Mitch Hedberg with an even worse speech impediment Wait for the movie!

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oh wow!!!

Loved it. I enjoyed hearing about the past. The reader was great as well. Will listen again.

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Compelling story

I loved Ron’s discussion of his encounters with evil. Truthfully: I was especially interested because I have family in Colorado Springs and I knew the locations Ron mentioned. That said, the story - both scary and gripping — was narrated with pride and compassion. Loved it!

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May have been better with a narrator

I feel badly for saying this, but I must be honest. I think the story has merit because it is true and BRAVE but his message would have been louder with a professional narration.

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  • L. BETTLES
  • 08-01-18

A change is gonna come.....

This book is a fantastic listen made more realistic by the book being read by the author. The book delves into a really dark forces of the KKK and goes into great detail about the undercover operation embarked on. I was filled with jubilation as the kkk where hoodwinked by a man of colour who they considered inferior. It is worth noting that the N word is used a lot but it is necessary to the historical context of the story.
I now can’t wait for the movie

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