Kathleen Belew unearthed the lives of her white power militant subjects in previously classified FBI documents, newspapers published from Nicaragua to New York, and vivid personal testimonies, letters, and illustrations. Tracking the path of violence through thousands of pages of documents over more than a decade of research and writing, her work provides an insight and authority rarely seen in such accounts. She is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Chicago and has appeared on Fresh Air, Weekend Edition, and CBS, among others.
Kathleen Belew's vital new book begins in the belly of a Huey
helicopter somewhere over South Vietnam. From there she follows
with unflinching honesty the violence that violence begat, from the
tiny cadre of veterans who decided to bring the war home through
Ruby Ridge and Waco to the horror of the Oklahoma City terrorist
attack. Over the years I've read any number of exemplary histories.
Never have I read a more courageous one.--Kevin Boyle, author of
Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the
This is a work of fierce intelligence. In a breathtaking and wholly convincing manner, Belew shows how white power activists used their view of the Vietnam War to advance every element of their reactionary agenda and to justify domestic terrorism. A book of signal importance and urgency, it provides a haunting vantage point on contemporary American political culture.--Nancy MacLean, author of Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America
Bring the War Home is a fascinating account of right-wing white power extremists in the United States. Kathleen Belew illuminates this history through staggeringly broad research. A compelling and sometimes shocking read, it is an outstanding contribution to the history of violence.--Mary L. Dudziak, author of War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences
Bring the War Home is a tour de force. An utterly engrossing and piercingly argued history that tracks how the seismic aftershocks of the Vietnam War gave rise to a white power movement whose toxic admixture of violent bigotry, antigovernmental hostility, and racial terrorism helped set the stage for Waco, the Oklahoma City bombing, and, yes, the presidency of Donald Trump.--Junot D az
The connection between hate groups and the military is not new... Bring the War Home charts the path of radical white supremacists from the end of the Vietnam War to the 1995 bombing of a Federal government building in Oklahoma City.--CBS News
For those who wish to make sense of the enduring 'catastrophic ricochet of the Vietnam War' as well as recent events in places like Charlottesville, Belew's Bring the War Home is required reading.--Keira Williams"PopMatters" (06/05/2018)
Compelling...Meticulously researched and powerfully argued, Belew's book isn't only a definitive history of white-racist violence in late-20th-century America, but also a rigorous meditation on the relationship between American militarism abroad and extremism at home...Bring the War Home is a grim and sobering read--and, for many, it may arrive as a much-needed and troubling revelation: The sheer size of white-power extremism since Vietnam is frightening...The power of Belew's book comes, in part, from the fact that it reveals a story about white-racist violence that we should all already know.--Patrick Blanchfield"The Nation" (07/16/2018)
An engaging account of how and why the modern white power movement emerged from 1975 to 1995...[Belew] offers an unprecedented level of detail, engaging deeply with developments that other authors typically gloss over...Bring the War Home is an excellent resource for anyone interested in the history of America's white power movement.--Amy Cooter"Reason" (10/01/2018)