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David Neiwart : Alt - America

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Hello San Juan County Democrats,

We have a rare opportunity to learn more about the terrifying explosion of the so-called Alt-Right in presentations on Lopez and Orcas Islands from Seattle-based investigative reporter David Neiwert, who brings two decades of research to help us understand the mindsets that shape American extremism. (Look for him on San Juan Island in May.) He is the author of six books and he received a National Press Club award for his MSNBC series on domestic terrorism. His newest book is titled Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump.

From a Kindle review: Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump is the story of the remarkable resurgence of right-wing extremists in the United States. Just as Donald Trump’s victorious campaign for the US presidency shocked the world, the seemingly sudden national prominence of white supremacists, xenophobes, militia leaders, and mysterious “alt-right” figures mystifies many. But the American extreme right has been growing steadily in number and influence since the 1990s with the rise of patriot militias. Following 9/11, conspiracy theorists found fresh life; and in virulent reaction to the first black US president, militant racists have come out of the woodwork. Nurtured by a powerful right-wing media sector in radio, TV, and online, the far right, Tea Party movement conservatives, and Republican activists found common ground. Figures such as Stephen Bannon, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Alex Jones, once rightly dismissed as cranks, now haunt the reports of mainstream journalism.
 
Investigative reporter David Neiwert has been tracking extremists for more than two decades. In Alt-America, he provides a deeply researched and authoritative report on the growth of fascism and far-right terrorism, the violence of which in the last decade has surpassed anything inspired by Islamist or other ideologies in the United States. The product of years of reportage, and including the most in-depth investigation of Trump’s ties to the far right, this is a crucial book about one of the most disturbing aspects of American society.
 
The program on Lopez will last approximately 90 minutes, including time for questions and book signing. It will be held in the Lopez Library community room on Friday, March 23rd, 4pm, Lopez Island Library, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Lopez Island Library.
 
The program on Orcas will take place at the public library there on Thursday, March 29, 5pm. Books will be available.

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