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Bring the War Home

The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America
Narrated by: Jo Anna Perrin
Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
Categories: History, Military
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The white power movement in America wants a revolution. It has declared all-out war against the federal government and its agents, and has carried out - with military precision - an escalating campaign of terror against the American public. Its soldiers are not lone wolves but are highly organized cadres motivated by a coherent and deeply troubling worldview of white supremacy, anticommunism, and apocalypse.

In Bring the War Home, Kathleen Belew gives us the first full history of the movement that consolidated in the 1970s and 1980s around a potent sense of betrayal in the Vietnam War and made tragic headlines in the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building.

Returning to an America ripped apart by a war that, in their view, they were not allowed to win, a small but driven group of veterans, active-duty personnel, and civilian supporters concluded that waging war on their own country was justified. They unified people from a variety of militant groups, including Klansmen, neo-Nazis, skinheads, radical tax protestors, and white separatists.The white power movement operated with discipline and clarity, undertaking assassinations, mercenary soldiering, armed robbery, counterfeiting, and weapons trafficking. Its command structure gave women a prominent place in brokering intergroup alliances and giving birth to future recruits.

Belew's disturbing history reveals how war cannot be contained in time and space. In its wake, grievances intensify and violence becomes a logical course of action for some. Bring the War Home argues for awareness of the heightened potential for paramilitarism in a present defined by ongoing war.

©2018 Kathleen Belew (P)2018 Tantor

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Interesting book, poor naration

The narrator speaks too quickly and is monotonous, which is a shame as the content is interesting

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  • C. Fox
  • 12-05-2019

The reader sounds like a robot

The book is fascinating. Get it in print. The reader doesn’t seem like she’s a real human being.

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  • Aaron
  • 16-03-2019

Impartial, much-needed narrative history

Belew is a remarkably thorough and brave scholar, and she needs to be to meet the scholarly challenge of assembling a credible narrative history of a furtive and violent movement like this. Given that much of the movement’s developments involved clandestine and often criminal behavior, it takes great care to assemble and sort through the archive to develop the contours of the real story. That scholarship also involves personal bravery, since the white power movement valorizes acts of  pseudo »lone-wolf » terrorist violence. Finally, the history itself is grippingly narrated and the analysis is intellectually insightful.

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  • Justin
  • 11-04-2019

Harrowing

This is a book that if I could do it over again, would probably read, rather than listen to, because there are a lot of dates, names, abbreviations, and locations involved. I think in order to get the most of this book, you should read with your eyes, and maybe even a map, for reference.

Other than that minor point, I am very glad to have read this book, despite it being a profoundly unpleasant experience. The author carefully dissects the white power movement, its relationship to the wars we fight, and how it benefits from our misunderstanding and underestimation of it. This book is an important challenge to anyone who understands American politics in terms of intellectual abstractions and debate, and ignores the role of bloody violence in shaping our history.

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  • Della Lee
  • 23-08-2018

Why so much violence?

I find this book useful in trying to understand the crazy and seemingly random violence we are trying to extinguish. Documented facts are the basis of the book and they are covered and organized to show how seemingly isolated events are actually interrelated. I'll probably also get the book to use as a historical reference.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-12-2018

Truth

Scary documentation of whites US arms, trains and pays to be
death squads, genocide targeting Black Women here and globally.

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  • Rae
  • 08-07-2020

Very informative.

One of the few books on this subject that goes beyond interviews conducted by journalist. Essential to understanding this problem.

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  • borgyborgy
  • 07-06-2020

A harkening for our times

My only comment is about presentation. I hate to criticize people’s work performed sincerely. I don’t know how readers are selected but this one of a common type chosen for non fiction books. They read with inflection, uniformly but as if they have either not read the book or the content has no differentiation. At times I want to scream do you hear what you’re saying? It conveys indifference to the content. Why do publishers do this so often? Cost no doubt.

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  • Alexis L. Soto
  • 07-06-2020

Great book, bad narration

I really enjoyed the content. Excellant subject and ability to connect dots. I really struggled to finish due to the narrator. The performance was cold and robotic with an odd accent that made it challenging to follow.

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  • Dave
  • 06-03-2020

This Was Ok, But I Was Hoping For More

First off the narrator is horrible. I may have enjoyed the book more if I read it. I was wondering if it was AI read for a bit.

That said there is a ton of interesting information on the early movement. But it basically halts with the Oklahoma City bombing, only touching on the modern movement briefly in the Epilogue. I was looking for more of that.

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  • trueblue
  • 04-08-2019

Certainly a compelling read...

The author does her best to bring this hidden history to life in an objective way...but for those of us who lived through it...the book doesn't do justice

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-10-2019

Good but too boring.

Interesting but at the same time very long and boring. The reader read the whole book in same tone. Very hard to stay focused.