The Lynching: The Epic Courtroom Battle That Brought Down the Klan by Laurence Leamer:
In 1975 Time called Dees “the second most hated man in Alabama,” outranked only by federal judge Frank Johnson. He knew a lot of people would not be happy that he was becoming involved in the Michael Donald murder case. His conservative critics considered Dees a turncoat, a former segregationist who now hobnobbed with people he would have once shunned. It wasn’t just those on the right who had no use for him. Even Montgomery’s small liberal community had its problems with Dees. He was flamboyant and self-aggrandizing. He was nothing but a provocateur. He stole their light. He worked without their counsel. He never knew when enough was enough. And worst of all, and this was indisputably true, he didn’t give a damn what they thought about him.