A pipe bomb in Seattle . . . An armored car hijacking in California . . . The high-stepping stomp of slam-dancing skinheads in Dallas . . . and the bullet-ridden body of a talk show host in Denver. These are the harbingers of a new American culture—a culture that is "Tight, Right, and White." Blood in the Face is the first book to expose the racist far-right movements whose participants range from armed underground extremists to mainstream lobbyists, and state legislators. It tells their story from the inside out, in interviews, photos, recruiting pamphlets, cartoons, rants, sermons, threats, police reports, and famous last words before the final shootouts. James Ridgeway highlights the words and artifacts of the racist far right, and details the movements' volatile history and rapid expansion since the early eighties, making Blood in The Face the most comprehensive survey to date of a culture that is too powerful —and too much a part of American culture.
"[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..." —Publisher's Weekly"Clear and comprehensive." —Kirkus"[P]aint[s] a worrying picture of groups and ideologies that inspire Dylann Roof." —Guardian