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The Turner Diaries

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The 'Turner Diaries" is the illegal underground classic and best seller that sold more than 1 million copies world wide. It was written by Dr. William Luther Pierce (deceased 2002), founder of the National Alliance and Cosmotheism Community Church. These controversial fictional diaries chronicles the overthrow of the United States of America Government by European-American...more
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Adam
Apr 14, 2007 Adam rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Students of moral depravity
Shelves: agitprop
I read The Turner Diaries for free online several years ago. While I didn't expect to agree with it, I expected to at least gain some kind of empathetic understanding of the author's point of view. It turns out that I couldn't have been more wrong. While I can understand why certain groups of people hate certain other groups of people, or why extremist groups entertain utopian fantasies of redrawn borders and wholesale deportation of everyone who's not exactly like them, after reading The Turner...more
Sigma
Ignore this book if you are anti-racism, because it will either offend, or simply sicken you in many, many ways. However, for anyone who wants to understand how many Americans, even today feel about race, or how Timothy McVeigh felt as he bombed the Murrah building in Oklahoma City, I suggest you read this. Some people love it, some people despise it. I guess it comes down to your own personal views and morals. I happen to love this book. I find it is an inspirational book, and takes the reader...more
Phil Scovis
I read this hoping for some sort of manifesto that would make the racist worldview understandable, perhaps even pitiable. But while The Turner Diaries gives us a good look into that worldview, no explanations are given; no arguments put forward that can be refuted. The narrative assumes that the reader has already accepted the usual racist cultural myths. For a so-called "racist bible", there is nothing didactic. The whole thing is just cheap porn for white supremacists.

Though we never learn the...more
Tami
Aug 07, 2012 Tami rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who want to be challenged
Recommended to Tami by: my father
The copy of this book that I read had a really interesting forward on it. The editor said that they published this book so that people might learn from it, because if we don't look at the mistakes of the past we are bound to repeat them.

I really enjoy dystopia fiction, which is why I picked up this book. That and I don't like being told what I can and cannot read, so I'm always reading banned books. I'm also a firm believer in reading things which do not match your point of view in order to gain...more
Elise Jensen
The only "banned" book I've ever read. It's one I'm reluctant to give a rating to, because if I rate it by how much it affected me, it would get five stars...but if I rate it by how much I LIKED the content, then it would get one.

This is a horrible, horrible, horrible story...and I wouldn't in a million years recommend it to anyone too easily influenced, but if your head is fixed on your shoulders and you can read insidious evil propaganda without losing yourself in it, then there's a lot to be...more
Eva Leger
I was going to keep this only because it's apparently so hard to find but I honestly am not too sure I can sleep knowing this filth is in my home. And what if - God forbid - my daughter found it? At this point she wouldn't be able to make out the words that would concern me anyway but soon?
I didn't seek this book out - it actually came into my house via someone else who had no clue as to anything about the book yet knew I loved books - and I was interested when I saw the McVeigh statement on the...more
Cwn_annwn_13
Turner Diaries is an ok quickie read as far as casual goofy entertainment but it completely boggles my mind how many people in the white racial movement actually look at this as a blueprint for an Aryan "takeover". I mean they actually end up nuking half the planet! Wow there's a "brilliant" recipe for a healthy white world! Sure half the worlds a radioactive ball of nuclear pollution, but hey there aren't blacks living in my neighborhood anymore!

Like I said its ok as far as casual entertainmen...more
Nick Black
Barricade Books edition, 1996, ordered from Loompanics Unlimited (awwww man, Loompanics was the best. Does anyone else remember them from way back in the dizzay?)

Sigh, what can one say? A disgusting and frightening look at a deeply misguided philosophy/subculture, but....damn it, a rollicking good time at least as good as Clancy's later rubbish. I'm pretty deeply embarrassed to have enjoyed this book as much as I did, but there you go.

Shameful! Then again, sometimes you've just got a hankering f...more
Greg
Now for people who want racism (or who don't, in which case they should stay away from this book, which won't be hard because you really have to go looking for this book), in their books, this is a book to read instead of say Herge's Tintin in the Congo. This is standard fare pulp / action stuff. It's about the same quality of say any of The Left Behind books, or most of Stewart Home's early works (which is a difficult comparison since Home is doing something artistic in a way with his novels an...more
space
May 13, 2007 space rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: scholars, those not easily offended
This is probably the most poorly written banned book in American History... fascinating for insight into 80's White Nationalist/Identity culture. Written like one of those dime-store "Executioner" novels from the seventies, it is remarkable for its influence in the American White Power underground. This is a must-read for anyone at all interested in subculture, radicalism (left or right) and the strangeness of ideology....
Matthew W
I give this book 5 stars merely for entertainment. This is far from a "blue print" for any sort of takeover. I think this book was written just so Dr. William Pierce could relieve some stress.
Al
The Turner Diaries is a special piece of literature, it is intended for a specific audience so if you read this book and express nothing but hatred towards it then you were obviously not the target audience.

The book is written in the form of a diary (surprise!) which makes it quite easy to read and even more believable since you are reading the emotions of a man who is in the middle of a war for his people.
Even though this book is called racist by many, it actually deals with this subject in the...more
Paul Delaney
Make no mistake the content of this book is vile. It will sicken you and it will leave an indelible mark on your soul should you ever pick it up and read it. Its a thoroughly racist science fiction novel written by William Luther Pierce (Dead and burning in hell I hope.) who was the founder of the National Alliance. He wrote under the nomme de plume of Andrew Macdonald. This book is valuable because it is an intimate look into the mind of an extremist. As someone who has always been fascinated b...more
Gabriel
Apr 03, 2007 Gabriel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: self-satisfied liberals
Shelves: angry_making, craphat
Being in Oklahoma and hearing that one of McVeigh's inspirations for the OKC bombing was this book I felt compelled to read it to better understand white supremacist paranoia.

It's terribly written and difficult to read without affecting an ironic eye but, unfortunately, I believe this truly represents how an entire subset of the U.S. population feels and it can't be discounted wholesale. It's a rascist, fascistic, and wholly absurd screed against the US government but unflinching in its hatred a...more
Lee
I wish the star ratings did not have the "liked" or disliked connotation. You can loathe a book and still think it is worth reading, or has a valuable lesson. I think both apply to this book.

This book is an eye-opening view into racist minds. Racism is still a problem today but it is not so blatantly open, so easily identified. Racism today is apparent in things many white people will never take notice of, such as the lack of minority race characters in television and books (and ever children's...more
Bill Sweet
Would there was a way to give negative stars.

Racist revenge-porn for the reader looking to either confirm their own stupidity or to, in vain, figure out what motivates asshats like Tim McVeigh, may his bones be ground to dust.

You won't learn anything from reading this, only that "Andrew McDonald" writes some pretty bad dystopian (oh, wait! He WANTS this stuff to happen!) fiction.

I purchased this at a gun show, which is proof positive that we need some serious expanding of gun control laws. If pe...more
Henri Moreaux
I found out about this book whilst reading another book, it was mentioned as being a recruitment tool for far right groups/militias. When looking up the book to find out what it was about I then found out it's illegal to own in Canada & parts of Europe which alone made me want to read it to find out what all the fuss is about.

Overall, it's a reasonable dystopian novel, you have the oppressive government and a group of people who organise themselves to overthrow it. There's a few relevant par...more
Pat Shackleford
On of the most popular white nationalist book. But that`s more because of the sensitionalist nature and because it is aimed at the average white unintellectual action movie looking male, who probably likes the ideas there are violent neonazis somewhere "Cause you know as long as the media reports about violent skinheads and uppity whiteys, the racial crisis in the United States can`t be that bad."

It could be ment as agitprop. But then it would be that the violence against white people would be...more
Colin Rafferty
I read this book so you don't have to. It's revenge porn for ignorant White Supremacists. I gave it two stars because it was interesting to see into the head of someone so depraved, but it was depressing to know that there are people out there for whom this is a utopia.

Throughout the book, all Blacks are animals whose constant goal are to rape White Women. All Jews are tricky connivers stealing our money and running the country, and always falling back on the made-up holocaust. In the end, hey...more
Conorr
I'm not a racist but any book this insane is something I need to read.
Mark Konrad
What a dangerous book and it should be destroyed! I went through great pains to find a copy of this book and could only find it and read it....on the internet. I could now see why people are afraid of this book. The ideas expressed are truly revolutionary. In this case, that is a bad thing. It is disheartening to think that so many people have read and have ben influenced by this badly written fantasy. The actions of the fighters violate numberous articles of war, before, during and after the re...more
James Ian
How does one go about rating a novel which doubles as a work of propaganda? Good fiction and a black/white (forgive the pun) worldview are diametrically opposed forces in a way. In The Turner Diaries, practically every aspect of engrossing storytelling has been scrapped in order to pristinely communicate Dr. Pierce's racist ideology. Blacks are savage beasts; Jews are conniving repitiles; proud Aryan men are our last hope--he certainly gets his point across, but unless you already agree with Pie...more
Brandon
I'm pretty sure the author used a thesaurus after the first few pages.

When the book starts with the narrator being "completely pooped" (p15) and later he's made aware that "their decision had not been made capriciously and that they are fully cognizant of the validity of my objections" (p131), one begins to think the author should have cherry picked more difficult words to appear smarter. (I often found my floccinaucinihilipilification for this racist logorrhea growing so rapidly that I would be...more
Bood
A friend of mine gave me a copy recently. Its one of those naughty books I've been wanting to read but never put too much energy into finding. Then a copy was given to me. It's part silly pulp fiction revenge fantasy, but its sincerity is inspiring. It's insight to the American population is great, but misanthropic views of modern culture have been expressed better elsewhere. This books marks when traditionally right white nationalist movements began taking ideas from the far left, and heading t...more
Tom
If this is truly the 'bible of the racist right' as was claimed in the book's preface, it certainly deserves it. If there are still ideological racists clinging to this thing, it's (unsurprisingly) out of a misplaced sense of tradition, bad taste in literature, or both. I could imagine some pleasure being derived from the often pornographic descriptions of violence, but beyond some musings about guerrilla warfare, after reading this I wasn't surprised that only a few pages describing bomb-making...more
David Schwan
A well written book with a disgustingly racist message. This book is a page turner, the action is fast. This book is also a diatribe against a multiracial world. A small band of white supremacists take over the world in a sense like the pod people take over the world in Invasion of the Body Snatchers. This book inspired the terrorist act that brought down the Oklahoma City federal building. This is a very toxic book!
Kym Andrew Robinson
This is a book which like many that has been accused for inspiring terror or violence, that when one reads it with a clear head simply can not conjure as to what the fuss is all about.

It is a depiction of one persons racially paranoid vision of the World. Books like these are quite common and so shall always find a market place. It is nothing compelling nor even entertaining. It is retrospectively tragic however. Tragic that some one like Timothy McVeigh would obsess over the contents. Perhaps e...more
Patrick
It's a frightening, racist story. Banning books is not an option that an open society should ever take. Rather, vile books like this need to be put into context. That can only be done if the book has been read, so I have read this book. I will be prepared to speak against the ideas in the book in the future from an informed position.
Mark Lewis
For what has been called the "Bible" of white nationalism and is allegedly popular among those who subscribe to that movement, the book itself is a solid dud. I still can't tell if this was supposed to be an attempt at an entertaining novel or a quasi-fictional manifesto, but it's amazing to see what lackluster effort is capable of gaining traction so long as it preaches the right message to the right choir. In this case, the choir must have to take whatever they can get.

The book features all th...more
Richard Torres
I find it difficult to rate this book because I mostly want to give it one star, but at the same time, I do feel I took something away from reading it, although I'm not exactly sure what. It's poorly written, it has deplorable content and a ridiculous story line with some decent action. It doesn't exactly give you any clear insight into racism or extremism, but does give you a glimpse of the types of fantasies that might drive people into becoming a part of an extremist group or adopting the rid...more
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