Jun 14, 2018lukasevansherman rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
We, by which I mean complacent white, educated liberals, like to think of racism and white supremacy in America as an aberration. It's easier to see it as the province of a radical fringe-Klansmen, backwoods bigots, rabid neo-Nazis-rather than as a deeply embedded part of the American narrative and American ethos. Trump's election has exposed, perhaps more than any other event in recent history, the depth and extent of racism in this country, and it's been truly frightening to see an emboldened extreme right ("alt-right" is too euphemistic) and there shameless embrace of nationalism. Norwegian Vegas Tenold goes deep into the movement for this galvanizing and unsettling work of investigative journalism. His protagonist/antagonist is Matthew Heimbach, founder of the now defunct Traditional Workers Party. Called "the affable, youthful face of hate in America" and the "Little Fuhrer," Heimbach, like Richard Spencer, is not a cartoonish, inarticulate racist, which, in a way, makes him more dangerous. Any American who cares about this, which should by everyone, needs to read Tenold's book. The title comes from Heimbach.