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A Hundred Little Hitlers: The Death of a Black Man, the Trial of a White Racist, and the Rise of the Neo-Nazi Movement in America

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A riveting account of a skinhead killing and a chilling look at the world in which it happened

On November 12, 1988, a group of Portland, Oregon, skinheads known as East Side White Pride met for an evening of beer and racist banter. Later that night, they encountered three Ethiopians; a street fight broke out and Kenneth Mieske brutally beat Mulugeta Seraw with a bat. In th
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published September 2nd 2003 by Metropolitan Books (first published January 1st 2003)
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Nov 01, 2016 Michael rated it it was amazing
I was at the library one day and saw this book and flipped through it. I had noticed that Tom Metzger and Morris Dees were mentioned. I had known that Tom Metzger had lost a court case and had to pay a large sum in the millions against the SPLC, but was not familiar with this story. This book tells the story of how a group of Portland skinheads on a drunken night ended up in a brawl and accidentally killed an Ethiopian man. The skinhead subculture was at its height in the late 80s and I have alw ...more
Dec 12, 2008 Cwn_annwn_13 rated it it was amazing
One of the few books I have seen written by someone outside the so called white nationalist scene pertaining to anything to do with it that is fair and even sided to everyone involved.
A drunken brawl breaks out between skinheads and Ethiopian immigrants late one night in Portland Oregon. One of the Ethiopians dies. A chain of events occurs where opportunistic "activists" somehow find a way to sue Tom Metzger, even though he lived in Southern California and I believe had never even spoken to anyo
Dec 23, 2008 Hedgebrook marked it as to-read
Author of the acclaimed biography Josephine Herbst, Elinor Langer has written for The New York Review of Books , The New York Times, and The Nation, among other publications. A Hundred Little Hitlers was chosen as a finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Award for work-in-progress. Langer lives in Portland, Oregon.

Review: "Was it a racially motivated crime, or was it a street fight? You might be surprised what side Elinor Langer, a terrifically unabashed liberal and the author of the biography Josep
Jan 03, 2017 Cakehatwombat rated it liked it
Pros: learned a lot about the history of neo-nazis and white supremacy on the West Coast.

Cons: learned a lot about the individual lives of particular neo-nazis on the West Coast. I understand wanting to show how upbringing doesn't necessarily dictate who will or will not become a neo-nazi, but on the other hand, I don't need to read like ten plus pages on the entire life (in detail) of Tom Metzger. I really don't need to know that he liked watching the trains roll through town as a child. That i
Apr 18, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it
Very compelling story that centers around the murder of an Ethiopian man by a group of skinheads on Nov. 12 1988, right around the corner from my house in Portland...

The book does a good job at providing personal profiles for each significant character as well as addressing a few key histories. There is a fascinating summary of the history of race relations in Portland, contributing to the fact that it still currently holds the title for "whitest big city." This summary includes a retelling of t
Oct 05, 2010 Rosalyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i read this in my junior year in high school for a project in my english class. we were supposed to partner up with someone and debate on a major issue in the world. my partner and i sparred over the civil rights movement whereas i chose to negate the success of the civil rights movement, which was a shocker to everyone in class because i'm black so they automatically thought that i would choose the affirmative position. but i wanted to challenge myself. and not only that i do believe this to qu ...more
Apr 09, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
It's been a while since I read this title, not long after it came out, and my memory may be a bit fuzzy. The memory was jogged by a reference in The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, which takes place in Portland during the same time period. What struck me most about this book was the realization of how present Neo-Nazis were in Portland during the late 80s and early 90s—my high school had a few wannabes, but to my knowledge nothing like some of the people in this book. Also, I became familiar with th ...more
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Dec 02, 2011 Julian Meanchoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deals with the issues listed in the title in exactly that order. Huge emphasis is placed on Tom Metzger and while the American far-right is touched on as a whole, major figures like Willis Carto and William Pierce are only briefly discussed. I guess this is a flaw of the book considering the status of Carto and Pierce in that scene but if you have read Blood & Politics you can read this book and not feel like you're going over the same figures and organizations again.

Loses points when the au
Feb 18, 2009 TheSaint rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, adult
An Ethiopian man was killed in Portland, Oregon by three self-proclaimed racist skinheads in 1988. A Hundred Little Hitlers is Elinor Langer's account of the murder, the trial, and the civil suit brought by the Southern Poverty Law Center against Tom Metzger of the racial separatist group White Aryan Resistance. The author brings to life the strange and violent world of racial supremecists, but keeps an admirable distance from judgements. The result is a somewhat disturbing yet satisfying ambigu ...more
Mar 02, 2016 Lance rated it really liked it
A very interesting and informative read. I felt that the last couple of chapters dealing with the trial and civil suit against WAR wad the weakest part of the book. It just seemed to slow down and really got hung up on the details of the law and lawyer tactics.
Jul 12, 2008 Larrirosser rated it liked it
The prose in this book wasn't really compelling, but the story is fascinating. I really appreciate Langer's effort to provide a balanced look at the events and environmnet that led to the killing of Mulugeta Seraw.
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Jul 05, 2012 Aaron Lozano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book to illustrate for us that racism is still alive and well despite many who believe it is not. And yet, Langer has an ability to give us a truly objective account of this story that probably has never been given even by those involved at the center of this tragedy. A must read!
Sep 11, 2014 Stephan rated it really liked it
I absolutely despise racist of all sorts. This book focuses on an incident in which a young black man was murdered, as well as clarify the backgrounds into the "players" the movements they started.
I wanted to learn more about this event, but the writing is like reading one flashback after another. Hard to keep the timeline straight in my mind. Not recommended.
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