Blood in the Face (Revised New Edition): White Nationalism from the Birth of a Nation to the Age of Trump

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About the Author

James Ridgeway is senior Washington correspondent for Mother Jones, and co-editor of Solitary Watch. A veteran investigative reporter and the author of 16 books, he has written for the Village Voice, the Nation, the New Republic, Ramparts and the Wall Street Journal, among others. He is currently a Soros Justice Media Fellow.


"Few listened when journalist James Ridgeway sounded the alarm about the resurgent far-right. Hand this book to anyone who thinks that the racist movement ended with the Trump presidency."--James Tracy, Co-author No Fascist USA: The John Brown Anti-Klan Committee and Lessons for Today's Movements

"[A] guidebook through the nether regions of the racist universe." --New York Times

"Ridgeway is a skilled guide through the bewildering and amorphous network of racists, radical tax resisters, skinheads, Nazis and Klansmen that composes what he terms 'an organized and, at times, violent, new far-right movement." --Los Angeles Times

"[A] comprehensive view of racist politics in the United States (with some reference to Western European politics)." --Library Journal

"With startling detail, this volume sets forth the violent histories of such organizations as the Ku Klux Klan, founded in 1866 by six former Confederate soldiers; the John Birch Society, an anti civil rights group masquerading as an anti Communist force; and the Po sse Comitatus, whose members gather in posses to "protect" the white race from the scourge of Jews, blacks and other minorities. Examining their influence on the political climate of the U.S., Ridgeway profiles such leaders as David Dukes, the former head of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Louisiana who ran for the Senate in 1990. Readers may feel overwhelmed by the amount of information this fascinating book imparts...." --Publishers Weekly

"Clear and comprehensive." --Kirkus

"[P]aint[s] a worrying picture of groups and ideologies that inspire Dylann Roof." --Guardian