An absolute must-read for anyone intrigued by 20th-Century political history…I couldn’t stop reading. There is much in [here] that resonates with today’s ever-shifting, often manipulated political landscapes.

Dale Laackman’s For the Kingdom and the Power is an absolute must-read for anyone intrigued by 19th- and 20th-century political history, and the ins and outs of how public relations strategies can swell organizational ranks, even as they are being shaped by self-serving crooks. As the book travels through the stories of the first- and second-era Ku Klux Klans, Laackman presents an engrossing account of how and why the 1920s Klan membership swelled into the millions. The major historical figures are wonderfully detailed and presented; I couldn’t stop reading. There is much in For the Kingdom and the Power that resonates with today’s ever-shifting, often manipulated political landscapes.

–Frank E. Beaver, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor Emeritus, Screen Arts and Cultures, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor