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The Klansman Mass Market Paperback – 1968

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 303 pages
  • Publisher: W.H.Allen (1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0491004400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0491004404
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,918,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In my personal opinon, an awful production. An awful sound and picture. A terrible script and no coherence in the screenplay.
The book was poor - ok Huie did a good job in his "Three Lives for Mississippi" but he doesn't translate in a novel.

The book is totally unconvicing as a novel. But I was curious to see the "film" because of Marvin (just after the excellent "Dirty Dozen" (?) and was intrigued about how on earth Burton could be a southern US WW2 veteran. Oh dear!

In my opinion, this is not worth watching nor is the book worth reading.
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HASH(0x8b946984) out of 5 stars pretty accurate for its time 1 Jan. 1999
By J. K. Kelley - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Huie, now deceased, writes a very exciting novel about a Klan-ridden Alabama community during the timeframe of the civil rights movement. I haven't ever been to Alabama, so I can't honestly say whether or not it was at all reflective of small-town situations in that state during the late 1960s. However, the picture it paints is not terribly dissimilar from those I've seen in non-fiction writing about the period.
The language is harsh and the scenes are described with shocking vividness; this book isn't for the faint of heart and contains a lot more sorrrow than joy. Such were the times. However, it does present a wide cross-section of interesting characters, and avoids painting a picture of complete good vs. complete evil--just about all the characters display faults and redeeming qualities, rather than a cast of nothing but saintly, unselfish civil rights workers or hog-nosed adder-mean racists. It doesn't take deep reading of this book to see how racial prejudice is often manipulated as a power tool.
If you can find a copy, and you're interested in the topic, don't let it get away.
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HASH(0x8b9469e4) out of 5 stars An insightful look into the segregationist mindset 20 Feb. 2002
By R. L. MILLER - Published on
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It was all too easy for a Yankee like me who grew up during the Civil Rights struggles to be smug about who lived on which side of the Mason-Dixon line and who as such was more "enlightened" on the issue of race. Particularly raised as I was by a father who called people like Huie's characters "Rebs". It was another thing entirely to be told later in life by an African-American friend of Alabama roots (where this book is set) that she'd rather live down there than up here in western New York--white people of her home state were less "two-faced" (her words) about the race issue than we were up here. This book was the first book I ever read that puts a human face on people connected with the Ku Klux Klan. In recent years, I've come to realize that the Klan gave America our earliest experience with terrorism. From right here at home, not foreign shores. But "The Klansman" presents all of its characters on both sides of the issue as people with real feelings. A bit disconcerting for a kid like me who had a good guy/ bad guy perspective from popular entertainment, which is to say the bad guys are monsters, not people. But then again, Nietzsche once suggested that life's most valuable lessons are anything but easy. This book's anti-hero is Sheriff "Big Track" Bascomb, a complicated sort of guy who on one side is a Bull Connoresque uniformed soldier for the cause of segregation, but on the other side is a caring husband and father. His teenage son Allen is an embyonic New Southerner whose generation today is in power in states like Alabama. His wife Maybelle doesn't care so much about political issues as she does about the well-being of her family. His best friend is landowner Breck Stancill, whose family traditions lie in the anti-segregationist direction, but in truth, Stancill is a helper of the needy regardless of race. In leaner years, Big Track himself was a beneficiary of that, and is torn between his loyalties to the segregationist cause and his more personal feelings of obligation and gratitude to Stancill, who by his own admission has served as a surrogate older brother to him. Military historian Gwynne Dyer once said that the only way to make a fighting man out of a civilian brought up to believe that it's wrong to kill people is to suggest that the enemy aren't really people. To this day I retain my hostility to racism, but Huie has created a cast of racists here that I can't with any conscience claim aren't real people. Actually, I'm a bit surprised that this book is even available used. After all, not every book that deals with a hot button issue of a particular era can cross the gulf of time into status as a "historical novel". Maybe Huie is no John Jakes, but Churchill did say that if you don't learn from history you'll end up repeating it.
HASH(0x8b946e1c) out of 5 stars Five Stars 26 Oct. 2015
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Very good condition.
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product excellent everything you said it would be very please with product would recommend to others would buy others products by thermos
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