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"In KU KLUX KLAN: AMERICA'S FIRST TERRORISTS EXPOSED, Patrick O'Donnell decodes a nocturnal nightmare: vigilante violence, hangmen disguised as ghosts, cries for societal purging, night rides through the death woods with whips cracking and crosses burning -- more strange fruit hung by the KKK. This book rips the hood off and gives us the most crucial look yet into a national debate turned national shame." -- - Michael Benson, author of INSIDE SECRET SOCIETIES: What They Don't Want You to Know
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Product Details

  • Series: Shadow History of the United States
  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Idea Men Productions; Trade Paperback Edition edition (October 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419649787
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419649783
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,417,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I am the author of over three dozen works of fiction and non-fiction, including The Mafia's Greatest Hits, The Complete Idiots Guide to the FBI, and Snakes on a Plane: The Complete Quote Book.

Other non-fiction titles include The Shield: Notes From The Barn - The Elite Strike Team Files, Best of Court TV Volumes I-IV, and the western Big Iron.

I am also a longtime member of the Mystery Writers of America.

In 2006, I founded a new publishing company, Idea Men Productions (IMP)- a media company dedicated to spearheading a new wave of mass marketing entertainment.

IMP Titles include: The Crime Doctor, The Monster of Frankenstein, The Zombie Factory, Klan Ku Klux Klan: America's First Terrorists Exposed, Tales of Terror, and Hellcats, Vixens, & Vicedolls: Women, Crime, and Kink of the Fifties.

Be on the lookout for some of my new projects for 2008 including: Convicts, Jailbirds and Reform School Girls: Crime and Punishment in the 1950's and Hoodlums, Hopheads and Hepcats: Rogue Males of 1950's Crime.

For both old and new fans alike, I promise a wild ride for the year including new visions of true crime, military intrigue and horror - so stay tuned!

David Jacobs
2008

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Steve on December 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
Being an educator at the high school level as well as a Civil War buff, I generally gravitate to topics such as this.

But be warned, although this book includes THE KU KLUX KLAN, ITS ORIGIN, GROWTH, AND DISBANDMENT (penned by one of the Klan's founders), an FBI report on the Klan's history, and the KU KLUX KLAN ACT OF 1871 (the piece of legislation the decimated the original Klan) this book does not focus on the Klan of the Reconstruction era South. These articles are included to give the reader a historical perspective of the Klan before the tremendous rise (and fall) of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan of the twenties and thirties. This is not my field of interest, but finished the book nonetheless and truly enjoyed it - learning more than a few things along the way!

Divided into three parts, THE OFFICIAL OVERVIEW (law enforcement and the Government's investigations into Klan history and dealings), THE KLAN IN POPULAR CULTURE, POLITICS, AND THEIR OWN WORDS (nineteen vintage articles about the Klan's ideas and tactics authored by newspaper reporters, investigative journalists, as well as Klansmen - Emperor and founder of the Klan's second incarnation, Joseph Simmons' SYMBOLISM OF THE KLAN and Imperial Wizard Hiram Evans' THE KLAN FIGHT FOR AMERICANISM end the chapter) and finally THE KU KLUX KLAN EXPOSED (the complete text of Ezra Cook's anti-Klan tome plus a transcript of a round table discussion: IS THE KLAN CONSTRUCTIVE OR DESTRUCTIVE? - a lively debate between Imperial Wizard Evans and intellectuals of the day).

All and all, I have gained an immense understanding of the time period and the "shadowy influence" the Ku Klux Klan had on it. Whether a student of history, politics, economics or racism, this book should be on your shelf.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Michael Wilson on May 16, 2007
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Wow! Just when you thought you knew everything about the Klu Klux Klan, along comes a book that manages to drag out the dirty linen for a fresh new look. Exhaustively researched and painstakingly detailed, this book definitely delivers on what it promises to educate about. I had planned to simply peruse this book casually, and instead ended up reading it straight through every chance I got.

If your looking for a book that pulls back the pointy hat to reveal the face of organized bigotry and hatred, you need look no further.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Louis on November 3, 2007
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KU KLUX KLAN AMERICA'S FIRST TERRORIST EXPOSED tells the story of a nation seduced by romanticized accounts of the KKK of the reconstruction era south that portrayed the hooded nightriders as protectors of the white race. Such sympathy created the perfect climate for the rebirth of the Klan. Once established in 1915, it quickly became an unruly band of murderous cutthroats, drunk on their own power, propaganda and secret rituals of racial supremacy. So inhuman was their acts of intimidation and hate that the US Congress was compelled to investigate but powerless to intervene when the oath of secrecy pledged by every Klansman could not be broken. Frightening in it description of hate run amok.
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Ku Klux Klan - America's First Terrorist Exposed is a great book on this very dark period in American History. It contains a treasure trove of vintage material on the subject of the Klan.

An informative book relating to how the KKK operated, and manipulated, people and their fears for financial benefit and political power.
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