This is an update of a 1994 biography of David Duke, the country's most notorious racist and anti-Semite. The original book charted his political rise when he became a household name by championing white rights while running for governor in Louisiana. The updated version features a new title reflecting Duke's new political reality. It also includes four new chapters that outline Duke's political fall at the same time that the emergence of Donald Trump has given the former Klan grand wizard new visibility. The final chapter describes Duke's role in the 2017 Charlottesville protest. Duke may no longer count on widespread political support, but the Republican Party, led by Trump, has embraced many of the ideas that he pushed in the early 1990s during his political heyday.


“This book is required reading for understanding Louisiana politics…[


—Lanny Keller, The Advocate



“They have written one of the best political stories — and there have been many — I have read during my 56 years of covering Louisiana politics [read more].” 


—Jim Beam, The American Press


The Rise of Gambling in Louisiana and the Fall of Governor Edwin Edwards

An outrageous tale of fast cash, dirty politics, and extravagant greed in the Bayou State.

Praise for Tyler Bridges

“Bridges is a formidable reporter and a competent writer” 

-- Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post


“One of the top political reporters in the South”

-- Best-selling historian Stephen Ambrose


“Bridges writes with command and ease about this byzantine and squalid enterprise…Highly entertaining”

-- Kirkus Reviews



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Tyler Bridges, twice a member of Pulitzer Prize-winning teams, is a journalist based in New Orleans who reports on Louisiana politics for the Baton Rouge/New Orleans Advocate, and has also written for the Washington Post, Politico Magazine and other publications. He is the author of four books that center on Louisiana politics, was a 2011-12 Nieman Fellow at Harvard, was awarded Columbia University’s Maria Moors Cabot Award in 2010 for his 10 years of foreign reporting in South America and was a Shorenstein Center Fellow at Harvard in the fall of 2017. He is a graduate of Stanford University.