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This book tells a group of intertwining stories that culminate in the historic 1947 collision of the Superman radio show and the Ku Klux Klan. It is the story of the two Cleveland teenagers who invented Superman as a defender of the little guy and the New York wheeler-dealers who made him a major media force. It is the story Ku Klux Klan’s development from a club to a huge money-making machine powered by the fear and hate and of the folklorist who—along with many other activists—took on the Klan by wielding the power of words. Above all, it tells the story of Superman himself—a modern mythical hero and an embodiment of the cultural reality of his times—from the Great Depression to the present day.

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  • “A fascinating look into the origins of Superman and the Ku Klux Klan.”


  • “This is a book that leaves readers contemplating not only the historical events covered but also the implications for their own lives.”

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  • “Fascinating.”

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About the Author

Rick Bowers worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for more than fifteen years, reporting for the Patriot Ledger, the Miami Herald, and USA Today. His articles have been published in the Washington PostChicago TribunePhiladelphia Inquirer, and Time. Working with AARP, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, and the Library of Congress, he directed Voices of Civil Rights, a multimedia project that gathered thousands of first-hand accounts of the Civil Rights Movement to form the world’s largest archive of testimonials from the era, winning numerous awards. He is currently the Director of Creative Initiatives at AARP. He lives in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC, with his wife and two daughters.