The Beast Reawakens: Fascism's Resurgence from Hitler's Spymasters to Today's Neo-Nazi Groups & Right-wing Extremists
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The Beast Reawakens: Fascism's Resurgence from Hitler's Spymasters to Today's Neo-Nazi Groups & Right-wing Extremists

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  32 ratings  ·  10 reviews
If you thought Nazism died with Hitler, think again. In "The Beast Reawakens," journalist Martin A. Lee documents the revival of fascist ideals from the wake of the Second World War to recent violent incidents in Europe and America. Defeated in war, many Nazis built new and profitable lives for themselves, stirring political intrigue and serving as role models to a new gen...more
Paperback, 560 pages
Published October 12th 1999 by Routledge (first published 1997)
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Matthew W
I don't know if the 'beast' has reawaken but those familiar with the books subject(s) will find themselves feeling fairly tired. The factual and spelling errors throughout also don't help. An eclectic work for the novice, but mostly regurgitation for the already initiated.
Frustrating and disappointing. This book tells a fascinating and alarming story, and is dense with specifics - names, dates, events, and places. The problem is that with a book like this, if the reader finds that some of that factual content is false, it calls into doubt every piece of information that reader doesn't already know to be true from other sources. To someone who already knows everything the book has to say, there's nothing to be learned by reading it. To someone for whom the content...more
Useful but dated. The book covers events through 1994, and Fascism (in one guise or another) has made immense inroads into mainstream politics since then; a revised edition is needed, although in today's climate it might not get published by a major publishing company.

Lee is strongest when he is detailing the means by which Fascism was kept alive through the difficult years of the Cold War. As some have complained, one must wade through a welter of names and political organizations, but the hist...more
Erik Graff
Nov 16, 2009 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: White folk
Recommended to Erik by: no one
I picked this up at the Churchmouse in Sonoma, California a couple of days ago and plan on leaving it with my interested host, Tom Miley, when I return to Chicago.

If one had taken a political science course on ideology in the thirties, one would have studied Communism, Socialism, Democracy, Monarchism and Fascism. Today, Fascism and it's Nazi relations are treated as historical curiosities, if at all. Lee's book argues that Fascism is hardly dead--that, indeed, fascist ideology is current in our...more
Alarmist in its assessment of its own time, and not very flattering to modern Germany, still a very interesting book about where everybody scuttled off to when the lights went out in Berlin 1945, and the frightening and strange characters who followed in their footsteps. Might be worth paging through in light of Breivik, whose manifesto sounded a bit familiar after reading this.
reworks some of the ground in Loftus & Aarons, and in Simpson's Blowback. decent survey, nevertheless.
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Wow! sooo depressing. But amazing so far.
Very enlightening and incredibly disturbing.
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