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  • Paperback: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Barricade Books; 2 edition (January 1, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569800863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569800867
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (278 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'll first say that the Turner Diaries was a very interesting book.
Beastman
The book portrays White racists as heroes and everyone else as either inconsequential or downright evil, including Whites not affiliated with the Organization.
Graeme Smith
This story of how an underground terrorist group of citizens can succeed in overthrowing the US government, the world's first power, is fascinating.
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120 of 143 people found the following review helpful By Graeme Smith on March 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
I did a project recently on different groups in the white racialist movement and read this book as part of my research. Being quite liberal, I had to put it down and go outside for some fresh air, but it was rather hard to find a stopping point in order to do that.
This is a very well-written book. As much as I disagreed with its message, the pages kept turning. It involves elements of the author's idealism, a hero who will do anything that he thinks is right, action, warring factions, government opression, and so many other addictive written elements such as love and love lost, martyrdom, etc.
The particular type of idealism is disturbing; Turner, the hero of the book, is a White racist who, with his fellows, aspires to end all other races-- including Jews, who are portrayed in this book as evil-- for the "protection" of caucasians everywhere. The author sets his stage in a world where the "good guys" are kept down by a Jewish government who wants their guns. Throughout the book he goes from persecuted status to persecuted status until members of the Organization (the White Racialist group of which Turner is a member) revolt. The book portrays White racists as heroes and everyone else as either inconsequential or downright evil, including Whites not affiliated with the Organization. Despite its message, however, it is still well-written and hard to put down. Its nature, disturbing to most, will only make the storyline stick better in your head. I strongly recommend this book to someone who is not easily affected or easily sickened, and someone who is not sitting on a fence. There are graphic parts, disturbing parts, and times when you will put down the book and feel like someone has punched you in the chest, but anyone who enjoyed the movie "American History X" and/or has a fascination with the nature of hate should read this book.
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142 of 172 people found the following review helpful By Linda Boyd on April 15, 2000
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Not coming from the perspective of the author, but rather from that of an open-minded libertarian, I bought and read this book out of sheer curiosity. While some of the scenes were a bit strong for my tastes, I certainly found the book fascinating. I regard it as always worth while to immerse one's self in the study of other perspectives. This book presented me with an ideal opportunity to do so. Whatever one thinks about the ideology advanced by its author, she must nevertheless conclude that this book is pretty interesting.
Also fascinating to me has been the emphasis placed by other reviewers on the idea that this book is 'poorly written.' On the advice of these reviewers, I prepared myself to endure a poor read. I can attest that it is no more poorly written than any other novel for sale on Amazon. I really find it odd that so many reviewers have suggested this, considering that there is nothing noticeably poor about the writing in this book at all. After checking the reviews of clearly poorly written books, and finding nothing resembling such an emphasis, I inferred that these suggestions result from the sensitivity of the subject matter dealt with in the book. To each her own, I guess. Considering this, I advise those whose feathers are easily ruffled to read something else.
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34 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 2001
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The Turner Diaries is your basic dystopia. The government is oppressive, the people are too entertained to care, and the conditions which the people live in are horrible. Much like Brave New World (Huxley), this book, written in 1976, is a sort of "prophecy" for the world we live in today. It predicted high gas prices, electricity failures, and gun control acts. I believe it is an interesting portrayal of the government that most people could relate to, but are unwilling to accept.
Now everyone knows this book is full of racist propaganda, so it should come as no surprise that the antagonists of this book are the blacks and jews. Being of jewish heritage, I was interested in the social commentary of the book. I was disappointment that the book gives no establishment of why they are the enemy. In this dystopia, it is assumed (as if not knowing is ignorance on MY part) that jews and blacks have superceding power over the US Government, and therefore are the system. I found this a ludicrous assumption, but came as no surprise to me since racism is the tradition of ignorance and stupidity.
In my opinion, the book would have been much more meaningful to the average American if the enemy, rather than being those dictated by the Aryan faith, were the major political parties. Unfortunately, this book is propaganda. It mixes truth with lies and blurs the line between racism and reality. I agree with the book in that "people feel no loyalty to the System anymore" but disagree with the notion that this is because of black civil rights or a jewish nation.
The beauty of the first amendment is that you get to read it at all. The FBI probably wants it banned, but you have a right to know, whether it's right or wrong. As Milton said, the truth will always prevail in a free-thinking, uncensored society.
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42 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Hagen on October 26, 2000
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Did you know that Timothy McVeigh owned a copy of this book and modeled his attack on the Oaklahoma building after the story? This alone makes it a piece of history and a book worth reading.
The Turner Diaries is a fictional account of a white supremecist revolution. I personally do not agree with the views of the author, however I feel that exposure to extremist literature allows the reader to evaluate their own beliefs with a better understanding of the issues at hand. I recomend reading this book for anyone with an open mind and an ability to think for themselves. I do not feel that it is appropriate for highly influential individuals or the extremely sensitive.
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