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Mr. Clarke's Books
War Stories from
Money and Blood
is one of the foremost writers of southern
history. Focusing much of his effort on East and
Central Mississippi, his extensively researched
books can be found in private libraries across
the south. Thunder at Meridian, his first
publication, remains the definitive account of
Lauderdale County history. Not merely a
summary of the writing of other authors, his works have been
received with high acclaim and are the
result of painstaking, onsite research
the true story of Mississippi directly from
archeological digs, walking the back woods
trails and speaking directly with the people and the families
of people who actually lived the events.
Mr. Clarke's writing gives voice to the real
story of Mississippi history.
East End Tea Room. This is a true story about the
citizens of Mississippi weathering the storm in
the 1960's when hundreds of civil rights
activists from the North invaded the state. It
was during a time when black ghettoes in the
civil rights worker's own backyards in Northern
cities were about to explode in death and
destruction. In one year, 67 race riots broke
out in Northern cities. In Detroit alone, 43
people were killed and millions of dollars in
And the nation may have noticed, but the media
never reported, that none of these destructive
race riots occurred in the South. (288 Pages, $25.00)
Saw the Elephant. This is
a true story about the amazing Civil War
adventures of Lt. Charles Read, CSN.
Mild mannered Charley Read was an
Annapolis graduate from Mississippi. He
entered the Confederate Navy at age 21.
One of his shipmates said he could have
easily stepped out of the pages of a
His tombstone in
Meridian reads: With a crew of 17 he captured
and burned 22 Union ships in 21 days and struck
terror across the eastern seaboard.
(263 Pages, $25.00) More
Stories from Mississippi.
Stories takes the reader back through
time from Vietnam to the Civil War with
graphic descriptions of bloody battles
where Mississippians fought and died. In
1934 a young man named Morris Cohen
graduated from Mississippi State
College. It was Cohen's destiny to
become a major atomic bomb spy for the
Soviet Union, and this story takes the
reader into the shadow world of Soviet
spies and high level treason in the US
stories of the men who were there, he book relives the
horrors of war right up to the Vietnam
Pages, $25.00) More
Kemper. This is a long
buried true story, dark and foreboding,
some of it almost unbelievable.
1890's a sinister doctor entered into a
conspiracy with local merchants. He
poisoned as many as fifty of his own
patients to collect life insurance.
Newspapers called it the most heinous
crime in the history of the nation.
The story flashes back to the
Reconstruction period after the Civil
War. A bitter feud between two
prominent families led to
what is called "the massacre". They say blood
ran in the streets. The county is still called
Bloody Kemper and the old feud is still going
at Meridian. A piece of
land in the hills of east Mississippi.
The people living there for 300 years.
This is the action filled true story
that was twenty years in the making.
story begins in 1695 with Alabama Mingo,
Chief of the Choctaw war village of Koosa Town. Pushmataha lived there, and
his nephews Oklahoma and Nittekechi.
It continues through the raging Civil
War years with all the danger and
hardships of a Confederate soldier and a
young naval officer in combat.
Then the Meridian Riot that exploded for
three violent days during Reconstruction
in 1871. (390
Blood. Larry Tiffee was a
good old boy from Arkansas but
when he was found in his upscale
Meridian, Mississippi home with six
bullet wounds in his body and a .380
caliber coup-de-grace to his right
temple, well… one might say "things
just went south" from there. With all the
intrigue of a Scott Petersen or Phil Spector murder case, the Tiffee
story unfolds in the quiet,
church-going, deep south city in East Mississippi
where a "hit man" is usually the big guy
that bats fourth in the Sunday afternoon
softball game and the mafia is something
once read about in a Mario Puzo novel.
Mississippi Blood offers all the
element of big city murder - including
the Dixie mafia,
illicit drug transactions, a profession
hit man and his murder kit, and an
outlaw biker gang called the "Satans". (251
Money and Blood
is true. Taken from police files,
morgues and Mississippi history, the story is
about the flow of dollars and death along old US
Highway 80; the highway that has come to be
known as the highway of broken dreams.
When Interstate 20 was completed along side US
Highway 80 in Mississippi, it took all of the
interstate traffic from the old route and left
survive, most of the business places along
Highway 80 turned into dangerous gambling joints
and honky tonks, where those who survived
learned to sit with their backs to the wall. (284
is about the people
and events that shaped the history of Meridian
and DeKalb. These are the stories of great
accomplishments, heroic solders, colorful street
fighters and murder.
Beginning during the Civil War
Surrender, when Meridian could barely be
called a village, this latest of Mr.
Clarke's efforts is a veritable survey
of Meridian and eastern Mississippi
history. From the infamous
Meridian riots of 1871 to Kemper County
and back again. Wild Times
examines William Hardy's contribution to
early Lauderdale County, then back to
Kemper for more tragic tales.
Though the great cyclone that devastated
Meridian to World War 1, World War 2 and