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Black Klansman
Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime | Ron Stallworth
The extraordinary true story and basis for the 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 P.O. box, Detective Stallworth does his job and responds with interest, using his real name while posing as a white man. He figures hell 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 hed 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 callers 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.
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Emilymdxn
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Powerful (and surreal) memoir about resisting hate. It‘s horrible particularly today that a book about the kkk feels relevant to my life in 2019 but it does. Maybe the film felt like a more complex story with more layers, but i can‘t hold it against it he truth for not being like the film.

#wintergames #merryreaders #tbrread @Clwojick @StayCurious

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SupTeaReadBooks
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Just finished this one. Excellent book, wish it had ended a little differently, but that‘s the thing about true stories - you don‘t always get the narrative satisfaction your brain wants.

Probably going to watch the film at some point in the next few days.

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SupTeaReadBooks
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#audiobooking while I try to get all my christmas orders out. Enjoying this one - eye-opening, and also funny. Holy hell did the author make a fool of David Duke et al.

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OutsmartYourShelf
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A real case of truth being stranger than fiction! Stallworth exposes the hatred, ignorance, & self-aggrandisement. There were a few issues with repetition & a dry writing style but overall it‘s worth a read. 3.5🌟

#NFNov. @Clwojick @rsteve388

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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lele1432 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 3mo
AnneCecilie This is so true and something we need to think about every day. 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @AnneCecilie It was in his introduction to the whole book..and I thought it was a great message to take with me when I finished too. We all need that reminder these days! 3mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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I loved this book, he might not be a professional writer, and might repeat himself in a few places, but the story more than made up for any of that. I breezed through this truth-is-WAY-stranger-than-fiction read, learned lots, found much that is sadly very relevant today, and honestly the most surreal parts of the movie are the true parts of the book.

My book to movie pick for #Booked2019
My first #NFNov

Also #Nonfiction2019
#NonfictionMatters

4thhouseontheleft I‘ve been meaning to read this one. 3mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @4thhouseontheleft It‘s a quick read too, and a good one. 3mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Great book, and still so surreal....check out number 5 on the Klan‘s Personal Code:

“The pledge that captured my attention and drove me, Jim, and Chuck into a fit of laughter was number 5: “I Pledge: to never discuss any Klan affairs with any plain clothes officers on a state, local or national level.” That was almost too good—they actually put that right there on their membership card.”

#NFNov
#NonfictionMatters
#Nonfiction2019

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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“Success often lies not in what happens but in what you prevent from happening.”

That‘s one I think we‘d all do well to remember in trying times!

#NFNov
#NonfictionMatters
#Nonfiction2019

AnneCecilie You read the best nonfiction books. Another one I need to add to my tbr. I saw the movie not long ago and there was nothing in that about this. If I remember correctly, we actually see a cross burning so I had no idea about this 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @AnneCecilie He subverted a bunch during the investigation, in the book literally right after he was ordered to close the investigation...there was a cross burning. 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @AnneCecilie By the way, it‘s a very short quick read, he‘s not a professional writer, and I saw some complaints that he gets repetitive in a few spots, but I didn‘t have any trouble with that and just flew right through this truly weird story. 3mo
AnneCecilie I can‘t believe they were able to pull this off. 3mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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When the officer investigating goes to the The Anti-Defamation League to get some information on the local networks, and the ADL has some questions they‘d like to see if he can find out more information about during his investigation...he calls David Duke and asks...the ADL‘s representative‘s response...priceless!

#NFNov
#NonFictionMatters
#Nonfiction2019
Seriously, the movie did not exaggerate how crazy this investigation really was. 😏

Lizpixie I have to read this! #stacked 3mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Truth really is stranger than fiction....And seriously, some people are apparently made for each other. 😱😂both crazy disturbing, and crazy like a soap opera.

#NFNov
#NonfictionMatters
#Nonfiction2019

Texreader Wait, what? There‘s a NAAWP? That‘s insane. But you are right, there must be someone for everyone out there. At least when they wear pointy hats they can attract their own and the rest of us know who to avoid. 3mo
Reggie Donald Black‘s son is the one who really took Stormfront to the next level. A lot of what trump and white nationals now use as talking points come from Stormfront and then the son went to a super liberal college where he actually changed his views after befriending immigrants and Jews. There‘s a great book about that. (edited) 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Reggie Stacking that one! Thank you! 3mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Some of this sounded so outrageous then I bet, but now living in a world where a few shootings have happened on bases or by those with military backgrounds and “queer” bars have become both mainstream and outright attacked this all reads like a warning we didn‘t heed strongly enough! 😐

#NFNov
#NonfictionMatters
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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That‘s one form of harassment I didn‘t know about! 😱. You might not even realize it was there until years later when you tried to sell a property!
#TIL
#NFNov
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If only I‘d read a few pages more...no wonder that group “Posse Comitatus” sounded familiar... it‘s still around in other forms under other names, probably loving the current state of the NRA and many other things.

#NFNov
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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PC: “Posse Comitatus was, at that time, one of the most significant right-wing ideological extremist groups in Colorado.”

“The term “Posse Comitatus” is Latin meaning “force of the county.” As a loosely organized far right social movement it was opposed to the federal government, preferring “localism,” or that there was no legitimate form of government above that of the county level, with the sheriff being the highest form of legal authority.” ⤵️

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That sounds awfully relevant today too. #NFNov #NonfictionMatters #Nonfiction2019 3mo
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Geez, the more I read this the more I think these ideas and plans were literally in “their” mainstream forever, only now they felt emboldened enough to carry them out.

So much of this, from an investigation decades ago about 40ish years, I can recognize in news stories that have occurred this year....armed militia patrolling the border, El Paso 😢

#NFNov
#NonfictionMatters
#Nonfiction2019

Riveted_Reader_Melissa This would be a #TIL 3mo
rsteve388 Thank you!! 4 pts 3mo
Amandajoy Wow. The more quotes you post, the more intrigued & scared I am to read this. Did you watch the movie? 3mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Amandajoy Yes I did! They did a great job with it. 3mo
Amandajoy That‘s good to know. I enjoyed the movie and was debating picking up the book. 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Amandajoy I‘d recommend it. It‘s written by the officer, so the writing style can be a bit repetitive in a few places, he‘s definitely an officer not a novel writer, but I‘m still finding it both highly entertaining and informative. Amazingly the craziest parts of the movie, that you‘d think had to be made up for the movie, are the true parts. (edited) 3mo
Texreader I love El Paso. So sad to read this. And of course the shooting there. It‘s a beautiful city and Juarez has some magical places and people. Why can‘t we just let people live their lives? 😢 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Texreader I don‘t know... it makes me terribly sad. 😢 3mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Reading this now, long after the investigation that later became a book and then a movie...I can‘t help thinking that they‘ve been slowly working to these goals all along, and are closer now than ever to realizing them. It‘s so interesting to read, and way too relevant, sadly.

#NonfictionMatters
#Nonfiction2019

rsteve388 Is this a TiL (today I learned) looks like it... Let me know and I'll give you 3 extra pts. 1 pt for now. 3mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Ugh...that sounds a little too familiar to me at the moment.🙄

#NFNov

#NonfictionMatters
#Nonfiction2019

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @readordierachel LOL... so not just me. 😐 3mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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That first sentence, in the author‘s note, before the story even began....made me tear up a little!

What are we doing as a country...and why can‘t we get it together to do more!

#NonfictionMatters
#Nonfiction2019
#NFNov

JSW This book was so fascinating. 3mo
MatchlessMarie Listened to the audio. Loved it. 3mo
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melissajayne
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Thought it was ok. The first half was better than the second half, but overall a pretty decent book. Felt the movie was better. 3 ⭐️ #2019 #memoir #nonfiction #bookstagram #bookreview

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PurpleyPumpkin
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This story was quite interesting, if a tad repetitive. But, I didn't end up enjoying it as much as I expected to. I usually relish listening to authors read their own memoirs, but not so much this time. Kudos to Stallworth for his efforts to curtail the Ku Klux Klan and many thanks that he shared his experiences through this book, but he's no narrator. Perhaps reading the print edition would have been better. Still, it‘s worth reading. 2.5/5⭐️

britt_brooke Bless him, his narration was super stilted. 5mo
PurpleyPumpkin @britt_brooke Indeed! The narration improved during the second half of the book, but still felt awkward. 5mo
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prowlix
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I finished my first book! I got a late start for #24in48 #readathon but I‘m not too worried. The heat index is supposed to hit 110 today so I will be inside with books and watermelon.

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prowlix
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This book is bananas! The #audiobook is read by the detective and only 6hrs. There are some facts that he repeats a few times but I‘m still really enjoying his narration!

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Floresj
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This is complicated. Stallworth is a 5 star person, the events 5 star, but the writing of the story was a soft 3 stars. (If nothing else this shows the gift of storytelling Spike Lee has.) The story of how a black cop can infiltrate the KKK is fun, albeit disturbing as the lines of beliefs seem to be repeated by many currently. The book itself has such potential as a great book and is a quick read but is not well written. Glad I read it!

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haileybean
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I‘m about 60 pages in and I‘m really intrigued by this book. He‘s repeated some stuff a couple times, but I‘m not mad 😂

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haileybean
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@bullbunny I got this on the 1st but wasn‘t home - picked up today. Can‘t wait to open! #makerswap to the person who I swapped with - I may have put the wrong username on it (my own. Not yours) 🤦‍♀️😂

bullbunny Oh yeah!! I hope you like it! So nervous about it 😅 7mo
haileybean @bullbunny I‘m excited! 7mo
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Christinak
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This is a rare one that I saw the movie first... still a good read.
#ReadTheUSA
#Colorado

Victoriahoperose How did it compare? I saw the movie, but haven‘t read the book. I really enjoyed the movie! 7mo
Christinak @Victoriahoperose I really liked the movie - I went into reading this expecting to strip away pieces they added to make the movie- when surprisingly much was true. 7mo
Victoriahoperose @Christinak that‘s really interesting! I think I‘ll pick it up, then 😊 7mo
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bookwrm526
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A short look at the life of this police officer, built around how he infiltrated the KKK...as a black man...I felt like some of his views on crime and criminals at the end were problematic, and I wish he hadn‘t read the audiobook himself, but otherwise enjoyable!

rretzler Beautiful iris! 7mo
britt_brooke His narration was truly terrible. 7mo
bookwrm526 @britt_brooke I was kind of shocked how bad it was 7mo
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Heatherfeather
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I sincerely wish this had been written better. It is an utterly fascinating, crazy/incredible story. I listened to the audiobook, and while the author is an elderly gentleman and not an actor, I very much appreciated him narrating his own story. However, the pace was uneven. PS I found his observations in the epilogue spot on. 😁 now I need to watch the movie because I need to know how Spike Lee interpreted this!

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Heatherfeather
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#audiowalking #audiobook
Fascinated by this story. Truth is always stranger than fiction!

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Samplergal
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A solid 3 for writing, but a 4 for the story. Wow! We need more of these cops to take out these hate mongers. I‘m glad I read this one. My fourth #booktomovie. May the Fourth be with you. #lonelystarwarsinterpretation.

#maymadness

lele1432 Agreed!! You just inspired me to pick this one back up. I started the audio last year but couldn't concentrate enough on it at work. My dad's a cop so I'm super interested in the story lol. 9mo
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Samplergal
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A crazy good book. I haven‘t seen the movie. #booktomovie #4
#mayMadness

MoonWitch94 The movie was GREAT 👍🏼 9mo
Clwojick Stacked! 9mo
Samplergal This is a good one for #Colorado #readingUSA 9mo
laurenslibrary Movie is so good! 9mo
minkyb Movie is excellent! 9mo
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Halechr
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Wow, just wow. This book is very eye opening, and amazingly written. Might just be my next pick for book club.

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JoyBlue
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The content was interesting; but, the execution/writing wasn't strong or engaging.

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ScientistSam
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Wow, you'd think this story was fictional - or that the movie made up some of the most wild parts of this undercover sting - and you'd be wrong! This is a fascinating book, despite some technical issues with the writing (like repeat informational paragraphs in different chapters that should have been edited out, and the feel at times that it reads like a police report).

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"Success often lies not in what happens but in what you prevent from happening."

I wanted to read this memoir before I watched the film. I found Stallworth's investigation interesting especially how he managed to go undercover. My only complaint about the book is it repeats itself a lot, I asked myself a few times "Didn't I just read that description?" Regardless, I'm curious how his memoir compares to the film.

Victoriahoperose I haven‘t read the book yet which is super unlike me, but I did watch the movie yesterday. I was really impressed with it all the way around. Hope you like it! 10mo
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Chrissyreadit
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I love the card from @MolliesaurusRex for the #bhms

Gaylagal2 Words of truth 🤙Maybe send that to the White House? Oh shit I forgot, dumbledorf doesn't read 🙄 11mo
Chrissyreadit @Gaylagal2 🤣😂🤣 11mo
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KatieDid927
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This was a rare case where I saw the movie before reading the book. The true story is so excellent and fascinating that I read it all in one day, even knowing most of what happened. Spike definitely earned his Oscar for the adaptation. He made some changes, but they work cinematically and didn‘t change the tone of the story or who Ron is and what he did. Both the book and movie make the poignant observation that sadly not much has changed.

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"Success often lies not in what happens but in what you prevent from happening" -Ron Stallworth

While the writing is not stylized, I appreciated Ron's "face-to-face" storybook writing. Throughout the entire book, I felt as though he were in the room with me telling me his story. I found his experiences with infiltrating the KKK to be captivating and, truly, fascinating.

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Djspens
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I love how he describes the KKK "leaders" #dennisthemenace

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Blueberry
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This was ok/good. 3 of 5 stars. I read it for movie-book club and will see the movie Friday. I think I will like the movie better.

ofbooksandme I haven't read the book but the movie is soooo good. 11mo
NataliePatalie Did you like the movie? 11mo
Blueberry @NataliePatalie i liked it. Don't think i loved it tho. 11mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Oh my, I watched this movie today and it meshed so well with my current read The Color of Law, I‘d definitely recommend it, and I‘ll have to get this book and read it now too!

Have you seen this movie @BarbaraTheBibliophage ?

#Oscars2019

BarbaraTheBibliophage No, I haven‘t seen it. I‘ll get it once I‘ve started the next book! Thanks for the heads up. 11mo
BkClubCare Watched the movie last week! It‘s good 11mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BkClubCare It really is!!! 11mo
JHSiess Watched it last night. Really funny in places. But disturbing & a great hx lesson. The closing images prove we haven't come very far 11mo
JSW So good! The book is a worthy read as well. 11mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @JHSiess Yes, Exactly! He did such a great job with that...you watch most of it thinking how backward we were, remembering in the back of your mind, no not really that long ago, and no not really that far given current events... then at the end he hits you with all the current we haven‘t come far,not at all 😞 11mo
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danibel
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Currently reading

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Djspens
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I'm ready for all sorts of feels today with this book! I've heard Ron Stallworth in person ( loved him btw) and then watched the movie, now to read his original account of the story. #blackkklansman #ronstallworth

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alanacristin
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I love that the author tells his own story in this #audiobook, especially since so much of his undercover work in this case was over the phone. Lots of history about this time period and foul organization that I didn't know. It's presence in Colorado was actually really surprising to me (I'm from Alabama 😣) Keen to see the movie now. Stallworth seems like he's got more stories to tell from this time and after. #mommyreads #memoir

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mdemanatee
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This is obviously a fascinating story, and the author is not a writer by trade. I don‘t think the editor did the best job here. There were things like information or anecdotes repeated in similar ways close together they should have caught.

AnnieReads The movie is fantastic! 11mo
mdemanatee @AnnieReads I wanted to read the book first and now I think I should have just gone ahead and done the movie first 11mo
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quanners

Here I sit; a 44 years young southern black woman who had never heard of Ron Stallworth prior to the Spike Lee film press. I am listening to the audiobook, which is a challenge for aesthetic reasons. I simply don‘t like his voice, but thus far this book is interesting. #blackklansman #knowledge

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mariaku21
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With more than 60% into another two books plus some fanfic reading, I can claim this one as done! Since last night till now, almost 10 hours
I walked into this book after seeing the film and I am still in disbelief that not only did this happen but that Stallworth lived to tell the tale. Here is a direct piece of history that I am glad to have read as it would never have seen the light had Stallworth not written this.

#24in48 #24b4Monday

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I got to see my daughter briefly tonight, then headed to the Englert Theater with a co-worker to hear Ron Stallworth speak about his book and movie. Such an interesting man and story!

MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 12mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️ 12mo
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