Books by Michael Kronenwetter

The author of more than 30 nonfiction books, I live in central Wisconsin where I write an opinion column for an alternative newspaper. Anyone interested in further biographical information about me can find it in Gale's Something About the Author, volume

FIRST KILL by Michael Kronenwetter
Released: Sept. 26, 2005

"People to care about in a briskly paced debut novel."
Back in high school, Jack Drucker, Elizabeth Kermanski and Hank Berlin were a famous trio. Now Jack's dead, Elizabeth's a widow and Hank's the p.i. she hires to find out why. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1992

In simple, compelling language, an effective portrayal of the recent resurgence of white supremacist groups as a small but dangerous threat to democratic values. In a model of spirited prose and well-researched documentation, the author outlines the history of organized racial hatred since the founding of the US. He describes some of the best-known groups, analyzes how and why people join them, documents some of their interconnections and forays into legitimate politics (e.g., David Duke's), and explains how opponents have weakened them. Among the more interesting stories are how William Simmons revived the Klan in 1915 as an insurance-selling enterprise, and how certain churches turn Christianity on its head to justify their anti-Semitism. (One minor error: Order leader Mathews was killed on an island north of Seattle, not near Portland, Oregon.) Well-chosen b&w photos; endnotes; bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 12+) Read full book review >