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Lone Patriot: The Short Career of an American Militiaman

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May be the most important book written about America's curious and very dangerous survivalist rightwing movement. . . . Superbly written. -Los Angeles Times

Well-drawn, superbly reported . . . Kramer does a fine job of portraying a group of everyday lost souls looking for something larger to blame. -The New York Times Book Review

An] expertly reported study of an unsuccessful but potentially dangerous band of domestic terrorists. -USA Today

Kramer has . . . a powerful capacity to bring alive people and feelings. . . . Lovely writing, and the reporting can't be faulted. -The Baltimore Sun

Kramer's insights into the movement shed unexpected light on an eerie underworld frequented by men whose view of reality has more in common with violent video games than genuine political principles. -Austin American-Statesman

In Lone Patriot, Kramer has achieved something nearly miraculous. Through meticulous reporting and incisive, often humorous writing, she creates a warts-and-all yet somehow sympathetic portrait. -The Hartford Courant

Kramer's] writing is graceful and fluid, finding humor as easily as heartbreak. -The Oregonian

By turns hilarious and harrowing, Lone Patriot offers one of the most richly textured and deeply affecting narratives of Jane Kramer's remarkable career.-Lawrence Wechsler

Elegantly spun, thoroughly researched. . . . A lively, important, and splendid investigation of one man and one more paranoid vision. -Providence Journal-Bulletin

With the breezy style of a good novelist and the seasoned eye of an historian, Jane Kramer has written a remarkable book. -Arizona Daily Star

Brilliant. Kramer is a poet of discontent and delusion, and in Whatcom County she has found a great subject.-Ward Just

Kramer has gone bravely into the belly of a beast which is alive and well in America and which most of us prefer not to acknowledge. We avoid looking where she takes us in Lone Patriot at our peril.-Bob Kerrey

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Synopsis:

A close-up look at the militia movement in America provides an intimate portrait of John Pitner, the commander-in-chief of a would-be patriot army called the Washington State Militia, his neighbors, and fellow veterans of the movement and explores the conspiracy theorists, white supremacists, secessionists, and others who make up these rural communities in the Pacific Northwest. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.

Synopsis:

In the mid 1990s self-styled Patriot John Pitner gathered around him a ragtag band of discontents, all eager to avenge themselves against America’s enemies, both foreign and domestic. Fervently believing that a New World Order threatened their liberty and way of life, Pitner and his recruits prepared for confrontation until an FBI sting led to their arrests on conspiracy charges in 1997.

In Lone Patriot, acclaimed New Yorker correspondent Jane Kramer delivers an intimate look into the life and mind of a militia leader and his followers, exploring the volatile mix of personalities and politics that shapes their extreme worldview. Through a series of exclusive interviews with them both before and after, Kramer paints an incredible portrait of a rural America that is rarely glimpsed but strikingly relevant.

About the Author

Jane Kramer has written The New Yorker’s “Letter from Europe” for more than twenty years. She is the author of eight previous books, among them The Last Cowboy, Europeans, and The Politics of Memory, and has been the recipient of many awards, including a National Book Award. With Europeans, she became the first woman, and the first American, to win the Prix Européen de l’Essai “Charles Veillon,” Europe’s most prestigious award for nonfiction. She divides her time between Europe and New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307426666
Subtitle:
The Short Career of an American Militiaman
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Author:
Jane Kramer
Author:
Kramer, Jane
Subject:
Political Science : Political Ideologies - General
Subject:
Political Science : General
Subject:
History : United States - 20th Century
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
Conspiracy & Scandal Investigations
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Politics-Fascism and Far Right
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20030708
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
272

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Product details 272 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307426666 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A close-up look at the militia movement in America provides an intimate portrait of John Pitner, the commander-in-chief of a would-be patriot army called the Washington State Militia, his neighbors, and fellow veterans of the movement and explores the conspiracy theorists, white supremacists, secessionists, and others who make up these rural communities in the Pacific Northwest. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , In the mid 1990s self-styled Patriot John Pitner gathered around him a ragtag band of discontents, all eager to avenge themselves against America’s enemies, both foreign and domestic. Fervently believing that a New World Order threatened their liberty and way of life, Pitner and his recruits prepared for confrontation until an FBI sting led to their arrests on conspiracy charges in 1997.

In Lone Patriot, acclaimed New Yorker correspondent Jane Kramer delivers an intimate look into the life and mind of a militia leader and his followers, exploring the volatile mix of personalities and politics that shapes their extreme worldview. Through a series of exclusive interviews with them both before and after, Kramer paints an incredible portrait of a rural America that is rarely glimpsed but strikingly relevant.

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