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Book Review: A Lawyer’s Journey: The Morris Dees Story

By Thomas F. Liotti

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A Lawyer’s Journey: The Morris Dees Story

By Morris Dees with Steve Fiffer
ABA Publishing (2003)


Morris Dees is a courageous legend who has not only combated hate and the murderous Ku Klux Klan, but who has shown us what it means to truly fulfill the oath of an attorney against the onslaught of verbal criticism that many of us receive daily and against the real threat of physical violence, retribution, and even death at the hands of the notorious hate group. While the Klan wore white sheets and hoods, Dees faced them head on, eyeball to eyeball. What is surprising is not only his successful work in dismantling the despicable group, but that he is still alive to tell the story. A Lawyer’s Journey reads like a John Grisham book except for the fact that it is more spellbinding than any fictional tale.

Dees is a Southerner, born in 1936 as the Klan was reaching its zenith with more than five million members after World War I. The Klan attempted to preserve the Confederacy th

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