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Mark Pitcavage is a historian and analyst of far right wing groups. He works with the Anti-Defamation League and was the creator of the now archived Militia Watchdog website.
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The Silent Brotherhood
Inside America's Racist Underground
Kevin Flynn - 2018-07-14 (first published in 1989)
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A chilling inside story of America’s racist underground—the most heinous domestic terror group in our nation’s history.Two courageous investigative journalists deliver an insider’s account of the “silent brotherhood”— the most dangerous radical-right hate group to surface since the Ku Klux Klan. They claim to be patriots, as American as apple pie, ...
Mark Pitcavage
@rockstar_ There are some good "true crime" style books about extremists, including Every Knee Shall Bow by Jess Weaver about Ruby Ridge. You might also look for The Silent Brotherhood by Gary Gerhardt and Kevin Flynn.      source
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The Polygamists
A History of Colorado City, Arizona
Benjamin G. Bistline - 2004-02-01
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What some of the people have been forced to endure in Colorado City is little different from living in a third world country. TEN-YEAR-OLD Benjamin Bistline moved with his parents to Short Creek (Colorado City), Arizona, in 1945 to join with a group of excommunicated Mormons who believed in honoring the law of polygamy as revealed by the Prophet Jo...
Mark Pitcavage
@dpassmore54 I think the best and most nuanced book on the FLDS is the one written by Benjamin Bistline (either edition):      source
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The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787
Gordon S. Wood - 1998-04-06
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During the Revolutionary era, American political theory underwent a fundamental transformation that carried the nation out of a basically classical and medieval world of political discussion into a milieu that was recognizably modern. This classic work is a study of that transformation. Gordon Wood describes in rich detail the evolution of politica...
Mark Pitcavage
@mooremi @Ibishblog If you ever get a chance, one of the best books ever written on American history is Gordon Wood's The Creation of the American Republic, which details the key influence of radical whig ideology/republicanism on the formation of the U.S.      source
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Ruby Ridge
The Truth and Tragedy of the Randy Weaver Family
Jess Walter - 2002-02-19 (first published in 1995)
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“A stunning job of reporting.”—New York TimesOn the last hot day of summer in 1992, gunfire cracked over Ruby Ridge in northern Idaho. By the next day three people were dead, and a small war was joined, pitting the full might of Federal law enforcement against one well-armed family. And ever since the standoff ended, Ruby Ridge has been recognized ...
Mark Pitcavage
If you are interested in the Ruby Ridge event, the best book on the subject is still Jess Walter's Ruby Ridge: The Truth and Tragedy of the Randy Weaver Family (originally published as Every Knee Shall Bow).      source
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Rabble Rousers
The American Far Right in the Civil Rights Era (Politics and Culture in the Twentieth-Century South Ser.)
Clive Webb - 2010-05-15
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The decade following the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision saw white southerners mobilize in massive resistance to racial integration. Most segregationists conceded that ultimately they could only postpone the demise of Jim Crow. Some militant whites, however, believed it possible to win the civil rights struggle. Histories of the black fre...
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@sparker417 @kathleen_belew You might like this book:      source
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The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors
The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy's Finest Hour
James D. Hornfischer - 2005-03-29 (first published in 2003)
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“This will be a fight against overwhelming odds from which survival cannot be expected. We will do what damage we can.”With these words, Lieutenant Commander Robert W. Copeland addressed the crew of the destroyer escort USS Samuel B. Roberts on the morning of October 25, 1944, off the Philippine Island of Samar. On the horizon loomed the mightiest ...
Mark Pitcavage
The destroyer USS Johnston, which sacrificed itself during the Battle of Leyte Gulf in one of the US Navy's finest moments. A very readable book on the subject is "‘Deepest wreck dive’ reaches US WWII ship off Philippines"      source
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Gerald L. K. Smith
Minister of Hate
Glen Jeansonne - 1997-06-01 (first published in 1988)
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In the first full-length biography of evangelist Gerald L. K. Smith (1898--1976), Glen Jeansonne traces the tempestuous career of this notorious bigot. A spellbinding speaker and brilliant organizer, Smith founded the reactionary hate sheet The Cross and the Flag as well as the anti-Semitic Christian Nationalist Crusade and ran for president three ...
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Want to read a good book about a major far right figure in American history you probably never heard of--but probably should have? For just a few bucks you can buy a used copy of Glen Jeansonne's book Gerald L. K. Smith: Minister of Hate.      source
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Pearl Harbor
From Infamy to Greatness
Craig Nelson - 2017-08-01 (first published in 2016)
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“A valuable reexamination” (Booklist, starred review) of the event that changed twentieth-century America—Pearl Harbor—based on years of research and new information uncovered by a New York Times bestselling author.The America we live in today was born, not on July 4, 1776, but on December 7, 1941, when an armada of 354 Japanese warplanes supported...
Mark Pitcavage
A classic book on Pearl Harbor is Gordon Prange's At Dawn We Slept. I recommend it. A more recent book is Craig Nelson's Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness.      source
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Sketches from a Secret War
A Polish Artist'S Mission To Liberate Soviet Ukraine
Timothy Snyder - 2007-10-10 (first published in 2005)
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The forgotten protagonist of this true account aspired to be a cubist painter in his native Kyïv. In a Europe remade by the First World War, his talents led him to different roles—intelligence operative, powerful statesman, underground activist, lifelong conspirator. Henryk Józewski directed Polish intelligence in Ukraine, governed the borderland r...
Mark Pitcavage
@PawelHubal The Polonization of Galicia/Western Ukraine is widely acknowledged. You can find background info in books such as As for your question, of course there was.      source
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Women of the Far Right
The Mothers' Movement and World War II
Glen Jeansonne - 1996-05-01
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The majority of American women supported the Allied cause during World War II. and made sacrifices on the home front to benefit the war effort. But U.S. intervention was opposed by a movement led by ultraright women whose professed desire to keep their sons out of combat was mixed with militant Christianity, anticommunism, and anti-Semitism. This b...
Mark Pitcavage
For a good book about women right-wing extremists in the 1930s, some of whom were extremely prominent, see Glenn Jeansonne's Women of the Far Right:      source
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William Gibson - 2016-10-25
Revolutionary Iran by Michael Axworthy
Washington's Revolution by Robert Middlekauff
Washington by Ron Chernow
Lincoln by David Herbert Donald
Abraham Lincoln by John Torrey Morse