Forgive me. I had no idea that Spike Lee and Jordan Peele’s Grand Prix award-winning film Black KkKlansman was based on a memoir by Ron Stallworth. No doubt, the movie trailer even notes that it’s based on a true story, but an actual book? Mind blown!
☛BLACK KLANSMAN: RACE, HATE, AND THE UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION OF A LIFESTIME [pub: Flatiron Books] arrives in bookstores and e-readers on June 5th. Spike’s movie, starring John David Washington as Stallworth, hits theatres August 10th. I’m coppin’ the hardcover and movie tickets! Sgt. Ron Stallworth’s initial paperback version was released by Police and Fire Publishing in January 2014.
Per Macmillan Press:
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 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.