This book is a vital guide to understanding the racist, misogynist, far-right movement that rose to prominence during Donald Trump’s successful election campaign.
To some, the movement appears to have burst out of nowhere, but journalist Mike Wendling has been tracking the Alt-Right for years. He reveals the role of technological utopians, reactionary philosophers, the notorious 4chan bulletin boards, and a range of bloggers, vloggers and tweeters, and the extreme ideas they attempt to popularize.
Analyzing what the Alt-Right stands for, based upon interviews with movement leaders and foot soldiers, Wendling provides evidence linking extremists with terror attacks and hate crimes. Ultimately the book argues that, despite its high profile support, the movement’s contradictory tendencies will lead to its downfall.
“Wendling is perhaps the ideal journalist for the task of deconstructing the alt-right’s delusional, hate-driven politics and inscrutable codewords.”
— Winnipeg Free Press
“An important guide to one of the most disturbing political developments of our time.”
— New York Times
What emerges from Wendling’s account is that — their current influence on the Trump White House notwithstanding, to say nothing of their (underestimated) potential for committing acts of terrorism — this fragmented coalition of angry white men is actually incapable of producing anything as culturally tangible as a book, much less translating their frustrated, barely literate rants into a coherent political force.
— Winnipeg Free Press, May 2018 (full review)