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Hateland: A Long, Hard Look at America's Extremist Heart

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A chilling overview of the current threat from domestic terrorism by a former Department of Homeland Security analyst

America is a land in which extremism no longer belongs to the country's shadowy fringes, but comfortably exists in the national mainstream. That is the alarming conclusion by intelligence analyst Daryl Johnson, an expert on domestic extremism with more than
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Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published June 18th 2019 by Prometheus Books
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Kate
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book does a deep dive into the rise of domestic terrorism. It looks at the origins of various movements that have white supremacist or anti-government views, starting in the late 1970s. It shows how these groups have changed to clever manipulators of messages, and how technologies like social media and websites have changed the process of becoming a radical.
There's a strong focus on "self-radicalization" , when a person finds websites and online communities that have a point of view that
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Darcia Helle
With Hateland, Daryl Johnson chronicles the rise of extremism here in the US, showing us how and why hate has risen into the mainstream. He doesn't offer personal commentary or slant information to fit an agenda. These are facts presented in a way that's both easy and disturbing to read. I had to keep putting the book down. I felt sick, disgusted, panicked. And then I'd pick the book up and read some more, because this is happening, and I know it's happening, and it won't get better if we just ...more
Sharon
Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I had very high hopes for this book, unfortunately I was let down. To me a book stating all the facts and discussing them openly. The author did mention extremists on the left and the right, however he seemed far more concerned with those on the right, thereby giving a biased account. The world is struggling with extremists and the common belief is that it’s going to get far worse. I think this book contains a lot of information, some useful information even, yet it missed a chance to be ...more
Mya Alexice
interesting read -- learned a lot about many different extremist groups, conspiracy theories (jesus christ the people who believed in PizzaGate were insane), and violent individuals.

overall, I would recommend but wish some things were expanded upon. Sure, black nationalist groups can be hateful, but comparing them with white nationalist groups as if they are really on the same playing field seems like a lack of nuance on the book's part. However, mostly well done and intriguing.
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