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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
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published June 18th 2019 by Prometheus Books
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Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting analysis of the US domestic terrorism problem, written by a former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) analyst.

Although the US government has seemed to focus more on foreign terrorist threats since 9/11, US domestic terrorism is apparently a bigger problem. As Johnson walked through the various recent domestic terrorism events, I realized I'd forgotten about several because they're so frequent. Really sad state of affairs.

I listened to the audiobook and the narration worked well f
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 re
This was written long before the Capitol insurrection on January 6, 2021, but it shows a clear path to how we got there. For example, I understand the Oath Keepers and how the police reacted to them at the insurrection and at other events a lot better. My only problem with the book is a couple of false equivalencies. One is drawn between groups like the Oath Keepers, New Black Panther Party, Sovereign Citizens, etc., and Black Lives Matter. BLM may cause people to act radically against it, but i ...more
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 i ...more
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hateland is a well researched, clear eyed examination of the current dire right-wing extremism threatening democracy. The former Homeland Security analyst traces their modern form to a backlash from the FBI debacles at Ruby Ridge and the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, and shows how such fringe groups were empowered by and flourished with the advent of the internet and social media. An excellent easy read for anyone who cares about preserving our democracy and hoping to thwart the rot that has ...more
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 amazing ...more
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
An Le
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: extremism
A brief but dense evolutionary history of American extremist movements.
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Terrific overview of one of the (many) plights confronting modern American society. The "what to do about it" chapter at the end was a little anodyne and Pollyannish. ...more
Katie Dolan
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
The comments about this book are amusing. Just because the conclusions the author draws based on his research (he was an analyst for the Department of Homeland Security) don't align with your political beliefs, doesn't mean his research is biased. You may have preconceived ideas about who perpetrates violence in this country based on your personal and political beliefs, but the research may not support those preconceived notions and ideas--a case of opinion running up against pesky facts again! ...more
T.J. Hoffpauir
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sums up the last generation of hate and extremism in the U.S. in straight-forward and clear terms. Sad and disgusting how much of a threat to national security and democracy as a whole and how little the current Trump administration is doing to combat it, or even address it. Disgusting.
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Daryl Johnson is one of the foremost experts on domestic terrorism in the U.S. Beginning his career as a civilian in the U.S. Army, Johnson has held several government positions, most recently as senior analyst at the Department of Homeland Security. He is the Owner of DT Analytics, a private consulting firm for law enforcement, academia, and other organizations. In 2020, Daryl was invited to serv ...more

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