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Blood in the Face: The Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nations, Nazi Skinheads, and the Rise of a New White Culture Paperback – December 26, 1995


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press; 2nd edition (December 26, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156025100X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560251002
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,398,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Village Voice correspondent Ridgeway ( Powering Civilization ) traces the evolution of the "racialist right" in American politics up to George Bush's bid for the presidency, which, the author asserts, had the issue of race at its very foundation. With startling detail, this volume sets forth the violent histories of such organizations as the Ku Klux Klan, founded in 1866 by six former Confederate soldiers; the John Birch Society, an anti-civil rights group masquerading as an anti-Communist force; and the Posse Comitatus, whose members gather in posses to "protect" the white race from the scourge of Jews, blacks and other minorities. Examining their influence on the political climate of the U.S., Ridgeway profiles such leaders as David Dukes, the former head of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Louisiana who ran for the Senate in 1990. Readers may feel overwhelmed by the amount of information this fascinating book imparts, and less than smooth transitions give the work a scattered feeling. As a result, Ridgeway's conclusions--including the obvious one that with the Cold War over, race will increasingly define "the social contours of society"--are more general than incisive. Illustrated.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Ridgeway has written a series of compelling reports in the Village Voice on the extreme right in contemporary America, and on the impact of radical racist and anti-Semitic groups on mainstream politics and culture. The articles are here rewritten to present a comprehensive view of racist politics in the United States (with some reference to Western European politics). However, in the book Ridgeway relies on purple prose, unsubstantiated analysis, and superficial background, so the vivid details and acute perspective of the original reports are obscured. Read instead the Voice articles, or James Corcoran's Bitter Harvest: Gordon Kahl and the Posse Comitatus in the Heartland ( LJ 3/1/90).
-Timothy Christenfeld, Columbia Univ.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Perry A. Threlfall on May 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
Not comprehensive, but informative. I'm interested in the post below by a self proclaimed neo-Nazi, who denounces the book as "uninformed." I think it's worth noting that oftentimes, those who are on the inside have a far less subjective view of a movement than a researcher does. For this reason, I think Ridgeway has provided some great insights. That said, it's certainly not comprehensive, but a very good start. That and the fact that it provides plenty of (disturbing) visuals, I highly recommend the book.
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19 of 28 people found the following review helpful By The Orange Duke on August 9, 2002
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An excellent, detailed textbook style examination of the radical right, in all its manifestations. Of all the books I've read on the right, and I've read a few, this one is the best. Carefully crafted and scholarly, Ridgeway pulls no punches. He gives detailed explanations of the history, origins and rhetoric of the KKK, The Posse Comitatus, The American Nazi Party and many related right wing haters. He makes copious use of the rights own pamphlets and speeches to reveal their twisted belief systems, and the book is full of pictures and even includes exerts of the infamous Turner Diaries. Well written and readable the book is also a gripping page-turner and will definitely keep you interested until the end. My only gripe is with the final chapter, which is unduly alarmist. It is true that the radical right is active and that they are a danger to society, but I am not convinced by the notion that there values are more acceptable in society than they have been in the past. Was Bull Conner an outcast in his time? Is David Duke more important politically than George Wallace was? Has the KKK been able to defeat a presidential candidate in modern times the way they defeated Al Smith? I also found the suggestion that Madonna and Tom Petty of all people are spreading racist propaganda to be laughable. Further the notion that opposition to affirmative action is evidence of a racist mindset is absurd, and revealing of the authors `liberal' bias. Affirmative action is not only a racist notion, based as it is on the idea that minorities need special help to succeed, but also has given aid and comfort to the racist cause. Racists can point to Affirmative Action as proof of their own beliefs. That being said, the ideological quirks of the author do not detract from the excellence of his scholarship. As a detailed explanation of the radical right across the broad spectrum, the book is peerless. Highly recommended.
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19 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Gift Card on April 22, 2000
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I bought this because there really are very few books on the subject at all, and even this one is only going to give you a general introduction to the matter. What I have learned so far is this: When voters fail to provide places for young people to participate in sports and dancing, they shouldn't be surprised when those same kids - their kids - wander the streets and get into trouble. On the same wavelength, when it becomes routine in the media to criticize only whites for social ills, and to dismiss the value of an ethnic heritage for young whites in forming a positive image of themselves (As it does for the minorities allowed to form a strong self-image that way), it shouldn't surprise parents and nonwhites that more and more white youths are taking an interest in the most notorious and forbidden white leaders of all time. These kids reason that they want the opposite of the powerlessness that comes from accepting a conforming silence about race. They see how it saddles their more easily frightened parents and are determined to throw it off. And young people are often quick to express their resistance when a conformity seems so obviously unfair. Just as the gang mentality grows among blacks and hispanics, expect it to grow among whites. Yes, the kids will be sorry later, as David Duke certainly was when he went into mainstream politics, but society is also suffering because these kids went searching for their ethnic heritage and found no one to learn it from except someone representing their parents' worst nightmare.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcin Dojnik on October 13, 2009
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Just great! The issue is very interesting itself but apart from the pure facts I received actually more than I had needed. Manifests, pictures, people's profiles were just perfect for writing my diploma thesis: "Active Hate Groups in the USA". I guees very few of us realize the scale of racism in the USA. I just wonder if the movement can in fact take over? what's your opinion?
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on May 12, 2000
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Blood in the Face is a mere inkling of what the "far right" is about and what it does. While the author does a great job at organization and use of pictures to convey his information, the reader isn't really going to get enough information. This book is just an introduction to the movement. A reader will have to do much more reading if they truly want to find out about what makes these people tick.
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By Nanette N. Franz on August 25, 2013
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Very scary, informative, eye opening. Historically valuable, those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. If you're looking for a happy read, this ain't it. But u must read...
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8 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 1998
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I seem to recall that the author of this "book" did a documentary that aired on PBS some years ago, which was not too bad. Not being able to find a video of the documentary, I looked forward to the 2nd edtion of the book. What a waste! Whoever indexed this thing must have been drunk at the time! Look up any entry in the index and almost none of the references are correct! e.g. "Swift, Wesley" refers you to pages 14, 15: but there's no mention of him on those two pages; "Rockwell, George Lincoln" refers you to page 21: no mention of Rockwell on that page, but there is a mention of Tom Metzger, whose listing in the index shows no reference to page 21!!! Beyond this, the book was written from the viewpoint of someone with the mindset of Hillary Clinton: not a very inviting alternative to individuals portrayed in the book.
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