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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida; 1st edition (March 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813031982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813031989
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,806,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An important book that casts much needed light on one of the most significant and previously elusive figures of the contemporary American far right. It will be of great interest to historians, political scientists, and sociologists alike." - Darren Mulloy, Wilfrid Laurier University "A wide-ranging and well-informed study of a major figure on the American far right." - Martin Durham, University of Wolverhampton"

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"An important book that casts much needed light on one of the most significant and previously elusive figures of the contemporary American far right. It will be of great interest to historians, political scientists, and sociologists alike."--Darren Mulloy,
Wilfrid Laurier University
 
"A wide-ranging and well-informed study of a major figure on the American far right."--Martin Durham, University of Wolverhampton
 
Willis Carto (b. 1926) is arguably the most important radical conservative in postwar America. Best known as the founder of the infamous Liberty Lobby, he has shaped the far right's position on such issues as immigration, globalization, multiculturalism, Holocaust denial, and the conflict in the Middle East.
 
Granted remarkable personal access to the notoriously reclusive Carto, George Michael has written a fascinating biography. Throughout his long political career, Carto has sought to unite the various movements that make up the far right. Toward that end, he has reached out to individuals from both the fringe and the mainstream.
 
Michael provides an account of the various publishing and organizational ventures in which Carto has been involved, including the Institute for Historical Review, The Spotlight, Youth for Wallace, the Populist Party, American Free Press, andthe political career of David Duke. The result is a captivating portrait of this dedicated, frightening, and controversial man.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Richard Clark on May 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In view of the fact there are so many American concepts concerning what's "right", what's "left," what's "conservative" and what's "liberal," it is with much appreciation that many readers will welcome George Michael's analysis.

Historical research plays a prominent role in his book, and this gives it the credibilty and subsequent value it deserves. In an American century that endured the 9/11 crisis toward the beginning, and is only now beginning to see governmental decisions declassified, I am reminded of a statement given by C.P. Snow in 1960: "It is very easy, in an atmosphere of crisis, in the midst of secret decisions, for men to surrender both their reason and their will."

Small wonder, then, that Rush Limbaugh doesn't appear in the index, but Willis Carto and Francis Parker Yockey do. I doubt many Limbaugh-schooled conservatives have ever heard of Carto and Yockey. Michael offers them an opportunity to expand their education. But, with Snow's wisdom in mind, is there any reason to believe they will?
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Having first met Willis Carto in 1985 or '86, and with my advertising agency later representing Liberty Lobby/SPOTLIGHT from 1994-98, I spent much time with Mr. Carto and got to know him extremely well. Professor Michael, whom I met around 2002, has done an excellent job of compiling this complete and analytical biography of the leading figure of the U.S. Far Right, who not only dominated the scene from the 1950s until Liberty Lobby's 2001 downfall, but who still, in a diminished yet still influential way, plays an important role in the racist Right movement. It had to have been difficult for a highly respected academician to take on the biography of such a complex subject, even with the cooperation of Carto, himself, but Michael comes through at every turn. Whether you're a journalist, a student, a Professor, or someone who is simply interested in a great read about a truly fascinating (yet, often - in my view - sinister) individual and his politics, this is your book. Take it from one who knows firsthand: George Michael has nailed his subject, warts and all, and done it fairly and squarely. To understand this towering figure of the postwar American Far Right, you need go no further than this book.

- TODD A. BLODGETT
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Michael on June 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover
While the book did contain some information and pictures I had never seen before- e.g. Carto's war service, his friendship with Otto Skorzeny, and some other things- there really weren't any unexpected revelations here for anyone with a vague knowledge of Carto. Hardly the spooky and shadowy figure the Left makes him out to be, the man was what he represented himself as: a patriotic American who made a fair amount of money through right-wing newspaper and book publishing and who used that money to promulgate his message of paleo-conservatism, Jeffersonian populism, traditional morality and national self-interest.

What set him apart from his competitors was that he was a down-to-earth businessman who was not beset by delusions of grandeur. He never wanted, or had the constitution to be the Fuhrer or the man on a horse; he only wanted his government to return to sanity in a time of treachery and deliberate subversion at the highest levels. He had the unique sense to produce a product that mainstream Americans of his generation found attractive, while very subtly introducing the more radical ideas- on race, WWII and the Jews- that would have been reflexively rejected had they been broached more openly.

However, his critics had a point in that his readership became increasingly geriatric and thus less consequential. To be fair, that can be explained by the greater degeneracy and political correctness of the younger generation, even on the Right, not to mention their weaker literacy and lesser sense of patriotism. After all, his detractors and competitors never caught the attention of the youth either. Nevertheless, it was a glaring failure.

So, what have all of Carto's efforts amounted to in the end?
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