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From 4chan to the White House

Mike Wendling

A sharp investigation into the dark path of the Alt-Right.

This book is a vital guide to understanding the Alt-Right - the white nationalist, misogynist, far-right movement that rose to prominence during Donald Trump's successful election campaign in the United States. It looks at the support for this reactionary network, arguing that while Trump is in office and the far-right grows across Europe, we need to gain a deeper understanding of the movement's philosophy, history and role in politics today.

While the movement appears to have burst out of nowhere, Mike Wendling has been tracking the Alt-Right for years. He reveals the role of technological utopians, reactionary philosophers, the notorious 4chan and 8chan bulletin boards, and a range of bloggers, vloggers and tweeters, highlighting the extreme ideas which underpin the movement's thought.

This is an analysis of what the Alt-Right stands for and who its followers and leaders are. Including exclusive interviews with members of the movement and evidence linking extremists with terror attacks and hate crimes, it is clear that despite its high-profile support, the movement's lack of a coherent base and its contradictory tendencies is already leading to its downfall.

Mike Wendling is a writer, producer and broadcaster. An editor at BBC Trending, which investigates social media stories, he's spent years covering extremism and internet culture for radio, online and television, and was part of the BBC team covering the 2016 US presidential election. He is the author of Alt-Right: From 4chan to the White House (Pluto, 2018).

'An important guide to one of the most disturbing political developments of our time'

- New York Times

'Accessible, enjoyable and informative'

- The Observer

'An urgently needed dose of clarity for anyone hoping to understand the twists and turns of far right politics beyond the Khakis and Tiki torches'

- Mark Bray, historian and author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook

Introduction: Is it OK to Punch a Nazi?
1. The Intellectuals
2. The Racialists
3. The Channers
4. The Meninists
5. Language
6. Media
7. Neo-Nazis
8. Ordinary Guys
9. Conspiracy Theorists
10. The Violent Fringe
11. The White House
12. Downfall

Published by Pluto Press in Apr 2018
Paperback ISBN: 9780745337456
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745337951
eBook ISBN: 9781786802378

304 pages

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