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A Hundred Little Hitlers: The Death of a Black Man, the Trial of a White Racist, and the Rise of the Neo-Nazi Movement in America

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Publisher Comments:

A riveting account of a skinhead killing and a chilling look at the world in which it happened

On November 12, 1988, a group of Portland, Oregon, skinheads known as East Side White Pride met for an evening of beer and racist banter. Later that night, they encountered three Ethiopians; a street fight broke out and Kenneth Mieske brutally beat Mulugeta Seraw with a bat. In the early-morning hours, Seraw died.

Drawing on more than ten years of original research, award-winning journalist Elinor Langer takes the Seraw case as the occasion for a thorough investigation of the Nazi-inspired racist movement in the United States. She vividly reconstructs the world of the skinheads, both in Portland and nationally: their origins in the punk scene, their basement shrines to Nazi power, their moments of glory on Oprah and Geraldo. She delves into the long-standing radical groups with which the skinheads became allied, tracking the progress of such powerful figures as white Aryan resistance leader Tom Metzger through the stations of the far right, from the Birch Society to Christian Identity to David Duke's Klan. In gripping detail, she follows ambitious civil-rights lawyer Morris Dees's efforts to prove Metzger responsible for the Portland killing-a sensational campaign to curb the growth of neo-Nazism.

Compelling, disturbing, and important, A Hundred Little Hitlers is both an epic account of racism and justice, and a close examination of social forces that loom ever more dangerously today.

Review:

"Was it a racially motivated crime, or was it a street fight? You might be surprised what side Elinor Langer, a terrifically unabashed liberal and the author of the biography Josephine Herbst, comes down on. In this probing, transfixing book, the result of a tireless decade-and-a-half of research, Langer explores the Nazi-aligned skinhead movement in Portland and the culture that created it." Adrienne Miller, Esquire (read the entire Esquire review)

Review:

"An extraordinary book, written with passion, grace, and wisdom. The murder at its center is a reflection not just of racism in the United States, but of something much more widespread. Langer has taken one act of violence, looked at it carefully and courageously, and illuminated a whole moral universe." Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold's Ghost

Review:

"Langer offers a riveting story of the murder and events leading up to it, including a surprisingly moving account of the troubled life of Ken Mieske, who wielded the fatal baseball bat, and an important short history of the skinhead movement in this country." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"The reader will better understand the disaffection that leads to such one-sided thinking and the gap between truth and justice in the American legal system." Frank Caso

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [363]-381) and index.

About the Author

Author of the acclaimed biography Josephine Herbst, Elinor Langer has written for The New York Review of Books , The New York Times, and The Nation, among other publications. A Hundred Little Hitlers was chosen as a finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Award for work-in-progress. Langer lives in Portland, Oregon.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805050981
Subtitle:
The Death of a Black Man, the Trial of a White Racist, and the Rise of the Neo-Nazi Movement in America
Author:
Langer, Elinor
Publisher:
Metropolitan Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Discrimination & Racism
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Minority Studies - Race Relations
Subject:
Racism
Subject:
History & Theory - Radical Thought
Subject:
Hate crimes
Subject:
White supremacy movements
Subject:
Ethiopian Americans.
Subject:
Portland
Subject:
Discrimination & Race Relations
Subject:
Murder - General
Subject:
Discrimination & Race Relations
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references.
Series Volume:
107-261
Publication Date:
20030902
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.925 in 0.8 lb

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Product details 416 pages Metropolitan Books - English 9780805050981 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Was it a racially motivated crime, or was it a street fight? You might be surprised what side Elinor Langer, a terrifically unabashed liberal and the author of the biography Josephine Herbst, comes down on. In this probing, transfixing book, the result of a tireless decade-and-a-half of research, Langer explores the Nazi-aligned skinhead movement in Portland and the culture that created it." (read the entire Esquire review)
"Review" by , "An extraordinary book, written with passion, grace, and wisdom. The murder at its center is a reflection not just of racism in the United States, but of something much more widespread. Langer has taken one act of violence, looked at it carefully and courageously, and illuminated a whole moral universe."
"Review" by , "Langer offers a riveting story of the murder and events leading up to it, including a surprisingly moving account of the troubled life of Ken Mieske, who wielded the fatal baseball bat, and an important short history of the skinhead movement in this country." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "The reader will better understand the disaffection that leads to such one-sided thinking and the gap between truth and justice in the American legal system."
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [363]-381) and index.
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