In 1990, BLOOD IN THE FACE: The Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nations, Nazi Skinheads, and
the Rise of a New White Culture was the first book to uncover the contours, beliefs, leaders,
and wider influence of the American racist far-right movement. It told their story from the inside
out, complete with interviews, recruiting pamphlets, cartoons, rants, sermons, threats, police
reports, and more. The accompanying analysis by veteran investigative reporter James Ridgeway
detailed the movement 's volatile history and its expansion beginning in the 1980s, insisting that
the groups making up this "fringe" culture were too powerful--and too much a part of American
culture--to be ignored or dismissed.
When the book 's prescience about the dangers of the racist far-right became manifest in the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995, a second edition of BLOOD IN THE FACE was released with a new introduction charting the rise of the Militia Movement to which Timothy McVeigh and his co-conspirators were connected. Since then, both the book and the documentary film that accompanied its release (also titled BLOOD IN THE FACE), have earned cult followings.
In the past 25 years, Ridgeway 's final warning--that the "fringe was becoming part of the fabric" of American politics and culture, have come to chilling fruition in the rise of the Tea Party, the racist backlash against the presidency of Barack Obama, the resurgence of anti-immigrant Nativism, the growth of racist far-right media, and the election of Donald Trump with the thunderous support of white nationalists.