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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins (Mm) (December 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061010154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061010156
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,493,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 11, 1997
Format: Paperback
Although I do have some criticisms of the book, on the whole I find it well-written and fair. I recommend it, with a few reservations.

Karl quotes me as saying things orally, such as at the first muster in San
Antonio, April 19, 1994, which were in fact excepted from written materials delivered to the attendees. I did say things like that
orally, but so far as I know, no one was taping my comments and so the quotes are actually paraphrases.

Karl does a good job distinguishing the militia movement from the racial separatist/supremacist movements. He makes it clear they
are actually in opposition to one another. I would agree that any such book needs to examine both, since they have been connected
by anti-militia propaganda, but he leaves the impression that in their manifestation as independent groups they are comparable in
strength and significance, when in fact the independent militia movement is vastly larger and more important. Independent racist
groups are few and small in number. The major threat from organized racism comes less from such independent groups than from the
ways such people have pervaded law enforcement organizations, where their fascist mentality not only endangers minorities, but the
general population.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 1997
Format: Paperback
The title and cover appear designed to make the buyer think he's getting a lurid expose'. Inside, the reader will find that...there is nothing lurid to expose.

Karl discovers that militias are comprised of average people who hope that tramping around in the woods will somehow help shrink the size of the federal government. He finds that these groups openly welcome law enforcement professionals as members, so they're obviously doing nothing illegal. And he learns that the handful of racist "militia" groups such as Aryan Nations are pitiably small and laughably ineffective. (The "World Conference" of the largest of these organizations drew fewer attendees than a typical suburban Little League baseball game.)

If you're a Morris Dees-type who needs a boogeyman to get riled up about, avoid this book. You'll find it much too depressing.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K Scheffler on June 22, 2003
Format: Paperback
Although a little dated now, this is a good, brief, easy-to-read overview of the militia movement in the United States.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Southernrecon on February 10, 2010
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Material is a little dated but it gives an excellent portrait of events that are being duplicated right now.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 2001
Format: Paperback
This was an interesting little book (I read it in about two hours). The author does an excellent job of presenting the post-Oklahoma City bombing militia movement in a fair, unbiased light. This is a refreshing change from the shrieking polemics from both sides in other books.
The author points out that the militias are by and large made up of regular people who just want to be safe in their own communities from what they perceive to be a government out of control. The militias, contrary to the way they are painted by the liberal media, are not hate groups. They may hate the way the government abuses the Constitution but they are not cross-burning, Jew-hating degenerates. In fact, the author points out that the militias themselves try very hard to distance themselves from that kind of trash.
The focus of the book is about how the militias formed, largely spontaneously across the country, following the outrageous conduct by the federal government at Ruby Ridge and Waco where no reasonable person (who was informed as to the facts) would argue against the fact that the government broke many laws and basically trampled the Constitution with absolute impunity. This book is also about the effect on the militias following the Oklahoma City bombing which both strengthened and weakened the militias in different ways.
The author is not pro-militia, however, and quickly points out the major problems that they have. Namely the fact that the militias are under the spell of extreme paranoia that is fueled largely by conspiracy theories that make one wonder if there isn't something in the water in these communities (another conspiracy perhaps?).
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