Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America (Paperback)

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During the week or so I spent reading Bring the War Home, I found myself distracted by sensational coverage of a would-be mail bomber and a synagogue shooter. I was grateful, then as now, to have Belew's research at my disposal. It bears no semblance of comfort, but it just might be the most levelheaded take available on the recent history of right wing terrorism in the United States.

— Will


A Guardian Best Book of the Year

"A gripping study of white power... Explosive."
--New York Times

"Helps explain how we got to today's alt-right."
--Terry Gross, Fresh Air

The white power movement in America wants a revolution.

Returning to a country ripped apart by a war they felt they were not allowed to win, a small group of Vietnam veterans and disgruntled civilians who shared their virulent anti-communism and potent sense of betrayal concluded that waging war on their own country was justified. The command structure of their covert movement gave women a prominent place. They operated with discipline, made tragic headlines in Waco, Ruby Ridge, and Oklahoma City, and are resurgent under President Trump. Based on a decade of deep immersion in previously classified FBI files and on extensive interviews, Bring the War Home tells the story of American paramilitarism and the birth of the alt-right.

"A much-needed and troubling revelation... The power of Belew's book comes, in part, from the fact that it reveals a story about white-racist violence that we should all already know."
--The Nation

"Fascinating... Shows how hatred of the federal government, fears of communism, and racism all combined in white-power ideology and explains why our responses to the movement have long been woefully inadequate."

"Superbly comprehensive...supplants all journalistic accounts of America's resurgent white supremacism."
--Pankaj Mishra, The Guardian
Product Details
ISBN: 9780674237698
ISBN-10: 0674237692
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication Date: May 7th, 2019
Pages: 352
Language: English