Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America (Paperback)

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A hard, fascinating read. It sometimes takes the form of a true crime book, but is very much a modern history of the white power movement that picks up at the Vietnam War, showing how a certain strain of military culture specific to that war branched out to modernize the white power movement. In a few ways, this book serves as a missing link - answering questions about exactly how racist and misogynistic war/violence obsessed attitudes not just lasted but percolated, and renewed for this age.

— From Nonfiction Recommendations


A Guardian Best Book of the Year

"A gripping study of white power... Explosive."
--New York Times

"Helps explain how we got to today's alt-right."
--Terry Gross, Fresh Air

The white power movement in America wants a revolution.

Returning to a country ripped apart by a war they felt they were not allowed to win, a small group of Vietnam veterans and disgruntled civilians who shared their virulent anti-communism and potent sense of betrayal concluded that waging war on their own country was justified. The command structure of their covert movement gave women a prominent place. They operated with discipline, made tragic headlines in Waco, Ruby Ridge, and Oklahoma City, and are resurgent under President Trump. Based on a decade of deep immersion in previously classified FBI files and on extensive interviews, Bring the War Home tells the story of American paramilitarism and the birth of the alt-right.

"A much-needed and troubling revelation... The power of Belew's book comes, in part, from the fact that it reveals a story about white-racist violence that we should all already know."
--The Nation

"Fascinating... Shows how hatred of the federal government, fears of communism, and racism all combined in white-power ideology and explains why our responses to the movement have long been woefully inadequate."

"Superbly comprehensive...supplants all journalistic accounts of America's resurgent white supremacism."
--Pankaj Mishra, The Guardian

Product Details
ISBN: 9780674237698
ISBN-10: 0674237692
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication Date: May 1st, 2019
Pages: 352
Language: English