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Blood and politics : the history of the white nationalist movement from the marg
Leonard Zeskind
Adult Nonfiction E184.A1 Z47 2009

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Journalist Zeskind delivers a thorough, if scattered, dossier on white nationalist politics in America from the end of WWII to the present, focusing closely on three plotters on the fringe of the American mainstream: Willis Carto, William Pierce and David Duke. Among the book's dizzying investigations of neo-Confederates, skinheads, survivalists, tax protestors, Second Amendment nuts and anti-Semites, these three men loom largest as the provocateurs and grandfathers of racist politics. Drawing on writings from Oswald Spengler and Francis Parker Yockey, these white nationalists constructed a narrative about the death of Western civilization, where white nationalists are patriotic race warriors hawking their ideas at gun shows, in print and in online forums. With the breadth of an encyclopedia, this book features a staggering number of actors, publications, flashpoints and organizations, such as the Posse Comitatus movement, which denies all of the Constitution's amendments after the 14th, prints community money and seeks independence from ZOG (the Zionist Occupation Government). Zeskind's rigorously researched and eloquent book is a definitive history of white nationalism and contains alarming warnings for a resurgence in racist politics. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

These two books provide different perspectives on white supremacy in American society. Journalist Zeskind documents the evolution of Far Right political and social movements since the 1950s. He focuses on the work of Willis Carto, founder of the now-defunct Liberty Lobby, the late 20th-century's leading anti-Semitic (and Holocaust denial) organization, and William Pierce, leader of the National Alliance, a neo-Nazi group supporting white nationalism and white separatism. Zeskind recounts the involvement of these two men with other racialist groups and with individuals such as David Duke, Pat Buchanan, and the fringes of the Republican Party. The most striking fact emerging from Zeskind's book is that these people spent most of the time quarreling among themselves, with Carto involved in frequent lawsuits over control of the Liberty Lobby and its many associated organizations. Pierce died in 2002, and Carto's influence among the Far Right has greatly diminished. However, other individuals continue to spread their ideas. Ayers (education, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago) and Dohrn (director, Children & Family Law Justice Cntr.), both former leaders of the Weather Underground and longtime civil rights activists, take a different tack on the subject. They present essays that each has authored separately, providing personal experiences and thoughts on race relations in modern American society. Both acknowledge the advancements made in this country during the last part of the 20th century, but they argue that the United States remains dominated by white supremacist ideas that are having an adverse effect throughout the world. The book contains many fascinating ideas drawn from literature, philosophy, history, and the authors' life experiences. Both books are recommended for all libraries.-Stephen L. Hupp, West Virginia Univ., Parkersburg (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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