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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: 1st Book Library (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0759609330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0759609334
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are reading (or plan to read this book) you probably already know who Pierce was and what he stood for.
A. morgan
Make sure you start "The Fame of a Dead Man's Deeds" on a Friday, because you won't want to do anything for a couple of days except read this book.
Will Wilson
Beyond the excellent portrait of Dr. Pierce the book also provides a wealth of historical, cultural, societal, and biographical information.
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112 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on February 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
While I was reading this book, I happened to catch a program on VH-1 about White Power music. Several clips of an interview with William Pierce were shown, and this book was clearly visible on the bookshelf over Pierce's shoulder. The author, Robert Griffin, spent a month at National Alliance headquarters and read numerous writings and books in order to compile this encyclopedic account of William Pierce, the chairman and driving force of the National Alliance. Most books concerning Pierce or the larger White Nationalism movement are hopelessly biased or just plain inaccurate. This book is different because Griffin goes out of his way to provide a fair account of the topic. Griffin is a university professor in Vermont, and it is refreshing to see that at least some academics are still capable of doing unbiased work. I think that out of all of the books I've read concerning the White Nationalist movement, this is the best one available. Most accounts are extremely hostile to the movement because they are grinding ideological axes.
This book is huge, running over 400 pages in length. Griffin not only conducts interviews with Dr. Pierce, he makes sure to read books that have influenced Pierce throughout his life. Griffin provides exegesis on several books and prominent figures of the movement. George Shaw's Man and Superman, Adolf Hitler and Mein Kampf, Revilo Oliver, Savitri Devi, George Lincoln Rockwell and William Gayley Simpson are all examined in minute detail by Griffin. Griffin shows how these influences are reflected in Dr. Pierce's writings and lectures. Specific chapters devote much space to Pierce's views on World War II and, of course, the Jews. Several legitimate questions are raised in the course of the book.
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77 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Will Wilson on September 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
Make sure you start "The Fame of a Dead Man's Deeds" on a Friday, because you won't want to do anything for a couple of days except read this book.
A journalist decides to allow Dr. Pierce to present his case to the world and the result is this fascinating read. The author, Robert Griffin, is not on Pierce's payroll, neither is he a National Alliance fellow-traveller. But he is objective. And that's something almost NEVER seen in matters of presenting the arguments and personages of the racialist right. The work is half biography and half rendering of Pierce's philosophy.
My only criticism is that Griffin's attempt to distance himself from Pierce in his writing makes the reading a little awkward. What I mean is that every other sentence contains phrases like "Pierce argues", "says Pierce", "Pierce contends", "maintains Pierce", "Pierce states", etc., etc. But in all that's a small complaint and should not keep anyone from reading this book.
If you truly want to make an attempt to understand the mindset of those on the far right, read this book. If you're satisfied by brain-dead polemic labels (racist, bigot, hate-monger) when considering the right then don't bother.
The book is well-written and edited. Especially for a small-time publishing house.
Buy it!
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 2004
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed reading this book. I had always
been curious about Dr. Pierce and didn't know that
much about where he'd come from or how he'd gotten
to be the man he was. This book answered all those
questions and more, and upon finishing it I had
a deeper respect for him.
I like the fact that he comes across as a man with
a sense of humor and a sort of worldliness that often
goes missing in men who take on the issues he took on
in his lifetime. He did not oversimplify things nor
did he work at making things complex in ways that weren't
necessary. I came to appreciate the *way* he thought
about things and the *way* he proceeded with his life
because of reading this book. Because of these things,
I found the book to be personally inspirational.
I was also delighted to find that Robert Griffin did
neither demonize nor glorify Dr. Pierce. I think he
portrayed Dr. Pierce as a man, the personal man being
the source for the public figure; faults and all.
I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is
curious about Dr. Pierce and doesn't want to read
something that is either fawning or villifying.
Well done, Mr. Griffin.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
Robert Griffin has done an amazing job at writing what will likely be the definitive biography of William L. Pierce, Ph.D., the late Chairman of the National Alliance.
Until his recent death, Dr. Pierce was primary known as the writer of "The Turner Diaries," a fictional work he wrote under the pseudonym of "Andrew Macdonald" and which was credited with inspiring Timothy McVeigh, convicted and put to death for the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, OK.
Griffin devotes only two chapters to the "Turner Diaries," however, and properly devotes the bulk of his book to a proper biographical treatment of a complex man who went from being a professor of physics to the leader of the largest nationalist organization in the United States. Griffin is a biographer, not a polemicist, and allows Pierce's words to speak for themselves (the author spent a month with Pierce at the National Vanguard's compound in West Virginia; and Pierce is unabashed in his views).
This is very much an intellectual biography, with the author tracing the development of Pierce's views and his involvement with organizations from early years in the John Birch Society, to George Lincoln Rockwell's American Nazi Party -- later called the National Socialist White People's Party -- to the National Alliance. Along the way, he references not only Pierce's radio broadcasts and writings but other writings which influenced Pierce.
There should be no mistake about it: Pierce was a fierce nationalist, racist and anti-Semite and he does not dodge these issues in his interviews with the author. Individuals who hated Pierce in his lifetime, and/or regarded him as a dangerous figure, will not change their minds on the basis of this book (nor is that the author's intention).
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