The dark story of the shocking resurgence of white supremacist and nationalist groups, and their path to political power
Six years ago, Vegas Tenold embedded himself among the members of three of America's most ideologically extreme white nationalist groups - the KKK, the National Socialist Movement, and the Traditionalist Workers Party. At the time, these groups were part of a disorganized counterculture that felt far from the mainstream.
But since then, all that has changed. Racially-motivated violence has been on open display at rallies in Charlottesville, Berkeley, Pikesville, Phoenix, and Boston. Membership in white nationalist organizations is rising, and national politicians, including the president, are validating their perceived grievances.
Everything You Love Will Burn offers a terrifying, sobering inside look at these newly empowered movements, from their conventions to backroom meetings with Republican operatives. Tenold introduces us to neo-Nazis in Brooklyn; a millennial Klanswoman in Tennessee; and a rising star in the movement, nicknamed the "Little Führer" by the Southern Poverty Law Center, who understands political power and is organizing a grand coalition of far-right groups to bring them into the mainstream.
Everything You Love Will Burn takes readers to the dark, paranoid underbelly of America, a world in which the white race is under threat and the enemy is everywhere.
"Vegas Tenold's work is the best sort of journalism: immersive, insightful, and beautifully written. An indispensable guide for anyone who wants to understand what makes the far-right tick, why it's galvanized now, and where it's likely to be heading." (Jamie Bartlett, author of The Dark Net and Radicals Chasing Utopia)
"In this in-depth look at the growth of white nationalism, journalist Tenold presents a comprehensive portrait of supporters' beliefs, worldviews, and aspirations.... A perceptive, if terrifying, look at the philosophies that persist throughout the United States, including an examination of their roots, and how they contribute to the viciously held beliefs of white nationalists." (Library Journal)
"Ever since Tocqueville, some of the keenest observers of American society have been foreigners, able to see what locals might take for granted. In this book, Vegas Tenold takes us inside the varied world of the extreme right. He gets us so close that we can see every pore of paranoia, every follicle of delusion, every unhinged ligament of logic-thus rendering them both more human and more terrifying at the same moment." (Michael Kimmel, author of Angry White Men)
"A penetrating portrait of the men and women who are trying to instill fear and terror in our community. Vegas Tenold has done a great service by exposing their toxic ideologies in this must-read book." (Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning)