Sunday, 5 May 2013

Blood and Politics, by Leonard Zeskind

Why I read it: Salon review

Podcasts: None

Brow: Off the charts

Summary: An extremely thorough account of modern-day white nationalism since the end of WWII and the birth of the civil rights movement to post-9/11 anti-Muslim sentiments. We meet all kinds of colourful characters from the granddaddy of 20th century racism, Willis Carto, to David Duke, who tried to bring the crusade into the mainstream with some success, to the movement's current, fractured leaders. We also hear about incidents ranging from the amusing - a survivor suing Carto after he refused to pay him for proving the holocaust really did happen - to the terrifying - an Arkansas man who shot a black state trooper for pulling him over, then spent the next several months being sheltered in a campground with the police surrounding them.

What I liked about it: This is a great book for nerds who like to know literally everything about a subject. Fortunately I'm a nerd and now I know, for example, about the connection between neo-nazis, the Christian Identity movement, and the killing of abortion doctors.

What I didn't like about it: At 645 pages, if all you're looking for is a short introduction and summary, this is definitely not the book for you.

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