The Journal of Southern History reviews For the Kingdom and the Power.
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
Read It and Reap, a blog for book readers and book club members in Central Massachusetts, reviewed For the Kingdom and the Power on June 16, 2014. Blogger Ann Frantz’s thorough review calls Laackman’s “detailed” and “skillful” and says in summary:
Anyone interested in the inner workings of the Klan, the impacts of greed and fraud on an organization, the power of public persuasion that is tapped by expert public relations and the best of early newspapering will find it in For the Kingdom and the Power.
A splendid book… the group’s exponential growth was driven almost entirely by an unlikely pair of public relations experts who turned out to be consummate swindlers.
For the Kingdom and the Power is a splendid book on the so-called “second era” Klan, the largest in the 150-year history of the organization. In a detailed account rich with fascinating characters, Dale Laackman shows how the group’s exponential growth was driven almost entirely by an unlikely pair of public relations experts who turned out to be consummate swindlers.
–Mark Potok, Senior Fellow, Southern Poverty Law Center
Dale W. Laackman delves into a dark chapter of American business history, where PR entrepreneurs and Klansmen forge an alliance with long reaching effects. Filled with unexpected twists and characters you only wish were fictional, coupled with expert research, Laackman skillfully tells an original and riveting tale.
Behind the cross burnings and hooded rallies the Ku Klux Klan was fueled by shady marketers who sold hate across America. For the Kingdom and the Power pulls back the curtain on the secret PR operation that built the Invisible Empire.
–Bob Orr, CBS News Justice Correspondent and 6-time Emmy winner on Dale Laackman’s For the Kingdom and the Power: The Big Money Swindle That Spread Hate Across America