Kathleen Belew

University of Chicago historian Kathleen Belew has traveled to far corners of the world - and deeply and widely here in the US, researching white power actors and terrorists, her work leading to publication of the very timely Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America (Harvard University Press).

“[A] gripping study of white power… It is impossible to read the book without recalling more recent events… The book’s explosive thesis: that the white power movement that reached a culmination with the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing emerged as a radical reaction to the [Vietnam] war… It is a breathtaking argument, one that treats foreign policy as the impetus for a movement that most people view through the lens of domestic racism… It’s a stunning indictment of official culpability, and Belew constructs her case with forensic care. In doing so, she shows that, while racism is ever with us, policy choices ranging from local police strategies to the furthest reaches of foreign policy create the space for white power to flourish.”—Nicole Hemmer, The New York Times.

“Superbly comprehensive…supplants all journalistic accounts of America’s resurgent white supremacism.”—Pankaj Mishra, The Guardian.

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ISBN: 9780674237698
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Published: Harvard University Press - May 7th, 2019

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