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The Militia Movement: Fighters of the Far Right (Single Title: Social Studies) Paperback – September 1, 2000
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In an informative guide to a frightening part of American society, Sonder casts some light on the shadowy world of right-wing hate and militia groups. After a discussion of the origins of the militia movement going back to the nineteenth century (the book's suggestion that Jesse and Frank James were precursors of the present militia movements is debatable), Sonder describes a variety of groups; their paranoid, hate-filled ideologies; and some of their illegal activities, with special focus on three major contemporary events: the tragedies at Ruby Ridge, Waco, and Oklahoma City. His coverage of the sequence of events at Ruby Ridge and Waco, and the effect those incidents had on far-right groups, is particularly good. Extensive notes, further readings (mostly adult books), and addresses and Web sites of groups that monitor the activities of right-wing groups are appended. Todd Morning
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