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The Beast Reawakens: Fascism's Resurgence from Hitler's Spymasters to Today's Neo-Nazi Groups and Right-Wing Extremists Paperback – October 1, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0415925464 ISBN-10: 0415925460 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415925460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415925464
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,249,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you thought Nazism died with Hitler, think again. In The Beast Reawakens, journalist Martin A. Lee traces the resurgence of fascist ideals from the prominent Nazis who escaped prosecution following World War II to the present-day incidents of right-wing violence in Europe and America. One only has to look at the current situation in the Balkans to see that fascism is alive and well. Lee begins his troubling account by reminding us of the many prominent Nazis who, after the war, built new and profitable lives for themselves fomenting political intrigue, while providing role models to a new generation of neo-Nazis all around the world. This underground Nazi culture might have remained out of sight had it not been for the fall of Communism. In the confusion following the end of the Cold War, right-wing nationalist movements sprang up all over Europe, taking root especially deep in formerly communist areas such as Croatia, Bosnia, and Romania.

According to Lee, "the Beast" doesn't restrict itself to Eastern Europe by any means; skinhead violence against immigrants is on the rise in Germany, while right-wing politicians in France, Italy, and other western European countries are increasingly finding a willing audience for their national and racial polemics. And lest American readers be lulled into a false sense of security, Lee warns that the United States is hardly immune to this kind of hateful rhetoric. He warns that many of the militia groups currently operating today share the same glorified attitude toward violence, the same irrational hatred of foreigners and ethnic minorities that mark the worst excesses of fascism in Europe. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Lee (Acid Dreams: The CIA, LSD, and the Sixties, Grove Atlantic, 1987) traces neo-Nazism from the fall of the Third Reich to Oklahoma City. In this journalistic account, he uses certain personalities to trace a continuous thread of fascism over the 50 years. One of his main characters is Otto Skorzeny, the daring SS officer who became a favorite of Adolf Hitler. Skorzeny helped many Nazis escape from Germany and others gain positions in the intelligence agencies of the superpowers at the beginning of the Cold War. Lee has written a compelling work that should find an audience in public libraries, especially in light of recent interest in militia groups.?Dennis L. Noble, North Olympic Lib. System, Port Angeles, Wash.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In his headlong rush into hysteria, Lee can't even get the name of the organization he is denouncing correct.
Peters J. Vecrumba
I did enjoy reading it, and anyone interested in geopolitics will find it to be worth the time-investment despite the book's anti-German bias.
bjking@earthlink.net
Too often, however, the book bogs down, especially in its post-war diplomatic accounts, in minutiae that had me nodding off.
John L Murphy

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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book on travels through Africa. Although I do like the authors journalistic way of writing I was often amazed at the lack of research and how quick the author is to blame or report conspiracies founded on far out evidence. Especially two "proofs" for the modern day Nazi horrors in Germany and Austria baffeled me - both were widely media covered scandals here and I am very surprised that the author accepted them at face value without reading on, so to speak. The first one was that in a VAPO conspiracy Vienna's ex mayor Helmut Zilk was send a letter bomb and had his arm crippled and that the very same VAPO was responsible for the bomb killings of several gypsies in Austria (pg.371)- both of these attacks were later found out to be the work of a menatlly insane right winger (with no political group, party or organization behind him) Franz Fuchs. Secondly the author states as a proof of Nazi horror the incident of a wheelchair bound girl who was attacked by Neonazis who made her shout Nazi slogans and then slashed two swastikas into her cheeks (pg.376) - that unfortunatly never happened either. The girl really did it herself to gain attention. I am aware of a lot of Neo Nazi activity in Germany and Austria but I think when writing such a book one should be careful to check the facts - and both of the above mentioned incidents were Europe wide scandals and since the author apparently missed to check on these big scandals, I wonder if all the statistics and numbers he pulls out of nowhere are right. I myself bought it in the belief that this was serious literature - but instead it is badly researched and quick in judgements based on nothing. I think writing a "historical explanation" on the basis of a tremendous lack of research is counter productive not only for citizens of Germany and Austria but also an insult to others.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 1997
Format: Hardcover
We tend to have short memories in America, and an "it can't happen here" attitude, especially about the most horrific atrocity of the century: the rise to power of the Nazis and the wake of murder and destruction that followed.

But Martin Lee's excellent book "The Beast Reawakens" should chill to the bone anyone who thinks that the Nazis died out with the Third Reich's defeat in World War II. Far from dead, most of the most powerful Nazis not only survived the war, but thrived, some under the protection and patronage of the American and Soviet governments, who believed they needed the secrets and contacts that these killers possessed.

Over the years, these Nazi veterans laid low, acting opportunistically to build successful business and espionage operations, but never relinquishing their ideologies. They sowed the seeds of fascism and National Socialism in Europe, the United States, the Middle East, South America and the Soviet Union, and influenced the next two generations of neo-fascists everywhere.

Lee's book uses original interviews and extensive research into official documents to trace the direct lineage between the original Nazis and their counterparts today. It is sobering and absolutely maddening to see how various governments, particularly those of Germany and Russia, have looked the other way while the post-Cold War neo-Nazis have embarked on violent attacks on "undesirables" and on a new wave of recruiting.

I found myself wakened from my complacent beliefs by reading "The Beast Reawakened" and urge anyone interested in freedom to read this book and pass it on to their friends.

Martin Lee is also co-author of two terrific books, "Acid Dreams" and "Unreliable Sources."
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By New Age of Barbarism on June 16, 2008
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The book _The Beast Reawakens: Fascism's Resurgence from Hitler's Spymasters to Today's Neo-Nazi Groups and Right-Wing Extremists_, first published in 1997 and revised in 2000, by journalist and author Martin A. Lee is an account of the Neo-Nazi underground. Unfortunately, while this account does contain some useful information, it is highly biased and severely marred by left wing moralizing, manic anti-Germanism and anti-Russianism, and McCarthyism in reverse. As such, the author essentially presents a conspiracy theory arguing that Nazis are at root behind various disparate right wing movements (which he all connects together) while at the same time mocking those who adhere to "anti-government conspiracy theories". The author is extremely biased in his account and views Nazism as the single greatest evil ever to exist on earth. As such, he will take any position against it, including cozying up to the former Soviets, arguing that the fall of the Berlin Wall was not a good thing, or taking the side of America against Europe. Further, the author apes the rhetoric of right-wing populism by maintaining that those who oppose globalization are the same as those who promote it (somehow?). The author further believes in a militia conspiracy blaming the militias for the Oklahoma City Bombing quoting extensively from such dubious pro-communist sources as The Southern Poverty Law Center and the British anti-fascist journal _The Searchlight_. As such, this book can only be profitably read if one is capable of sorting through the author's sickening biases and sanctimonious moralizing. However, in many respects this book contains some of the same information as is to be found in _Dreamer of the Day_ (1999) by Kevin Coogan which fortunately spares us the moralizing and bias.Read more ›
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