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Freedom's Detective: The Secret Service, the Ku Klux Klan and the Man Who Masterminded America's First War on Terror

Freedom's Detective: The Secret Service, the Ku Klux Klan and the Man Who Masterminded America's First War on Terror

by Charles Lane

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Overview

The end of one war, the beginning of another.

In the years following the Civil War, freed African American men had finally gained the right to vote, but former Confederates and white supremacists would do everything to keep them from the ballots. Thus, the KKK was born.

Enter Hiram C. Whitley: as the new controversial chief of the Secret Service, he and his agents led a covert war against the KKK and became the first to use undercover work in mass crime—what we now call terrorism—investigations. But like all spymasters, Whitley had a dark side. His penchant for skulduggery and dirty tricks led him to a conspiracy that would bring an end to his career and transform the Secret Service as we know it today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781335044969
Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Publication date: 03/02/2021
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Charles Lane is a Washington Post editorial board member and op-ed columnist. A finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing, he was the Post's Supreme Court correspondent prior to joining the editorial board. As editor of The New Republic, he took action against the journalistic fraud of Stephen Glass, events recounted in the 2003 film Shattered Glass. He has also worked as a foreign correspondent in Europe and Latin America. He is the author of two previous books.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Patrick County, Virginia, 1869 13

1 "Something terrible floats on the breeze." 20

2 "You will all be blown to bell in short order." 37

3 "He has worked his way through the labyrinth of lies." 63

4 "A powerful instrument for good or evil." 96

5 "The government secret agents were everywhere upon their track." 144

6 "I am radically opposed to any organized system of espionage." 208

7 "Suspicions come from Heaven." 248

Acknowledgments 275

Selected Bibliography 279

Notes 293

Index 337

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